UNESCO-L’Oréal Co-Sponsored Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences

The annual UNESCO-L'Oréal Fellowships encourage young female scientists at doctoral or post-doctoral level to pursue their research projects in Life Sciences in the laboratory of their choice, usually outside their home country.
By fostering these young researchers and their hopes, the programme aims to reinforce the role of women in scientific disciplines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Fellowship beneficiaries are geographically spread, three Fellows being selected from each of the five UNESCO regions: Africa, Arab States, Asia/Pacific, Europe/North America and Latin America/ Caribbean.
Candidates must already be engaged in pursuing research at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one or allied fields of life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology.
Special attention will be given to candidatures from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Criteria:
- Candidates must be no more than 35 years of age
- Preference will be given to candidates already possessing at the time of application a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in the life sciences. However, candidatures from students pursuing studies/research leading to a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) will also be entertained.
- Only candidates with the necessary qualifications and who demonstrate outstanding intellectual promise and personal qualities will be considered under this programme.
- Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study.
- Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The awards financed by L’Oréal, and managed and administered by UNESCO will consist of:
- A financial contribution, not to exceed US$40,000 for each selected beneficiary to support her on-going research proposal;
- Round-trip travel for the selected beneficiaries from their country of residence to Paris, France, to attend an awards ceremony;
- Lodging and pocket money during the stay in Paris for the awards ceremony; and
- A certificate attesting to the special award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Process:
Following a pre-selection process at the national level by the UNESCO National Commission, a maximum of four candidatures from each country are forwarded to the Fellowship Section at UNESCO Paris headquarters. A final selection is operated by UNESCO-L'Oréal Selection Committee.
You can find contact details of your UNESCO National Commission here.

 

 

 

 

Deadlines:
was 15 June (for individual requests)
was 15 July 2012 (for Member States to submit their candidatures to UNESCO)

We will keep you informed when a new call is published.