UNESCO-LOREAL Women In Science International Fellowships

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The Fellowships are jointly offered by UNESCO and L’ORÉAL, as part of the For Women In Science Programme, to support and promote women in scientific research all over the world.

The international Fellowships are awarded to promising young women scientists, at the doctoral or postdoctoral level, to undertake a research project in the life sciences which has been accepted by a reputable institution outside their home country.

15 international Fellowships are awarded each year.

Each Fellowship is worth a maximum of US$40,000 to cover a research period of up to 24 months.

The Fellowship beneficiaries are geographically spread, three Fellows being selected from each of the following regions: Africa; Arab States; Asia & the Pacific; Europe & North America; and Latin America & the Caribbean.


  • Candidates must be female and no more than 35 years old (born after 1 January).
  • Preference will be given to candidates already possessing a PhD degree (or equivalent) in the field of life sciences at the time of application. However, applications from doctoral students will be considered.
  • Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study.
  • Candidates must already be engaged in and undertake research in one or allied fields of life sciences, including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology.
  • Projects involving animal models (i.e. experimentation using vertebrate laboratory animals) will not be accepted; and preference is given to non cosmetic researches.
  • Applications must be submitted through and endorsed by the UNESCO National Commission of the Candidate’s home country.

    Application deadline: 30th June

    For more information and application, visit: UNESCO-LOREAL Women In Science International Fellowships Website
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