In partnership with UNESCO, the For Women in Science program provides support for women researchers on all continents and at different points in their careers. This may come in the early stages of a young researcher’s vocation or be in celebration of a full career committed to scientific advancement.
Presenting exceptional scientists to a wider public
A major aim of the program is to identify and support eminent women in science throughout the world who are working in both life or physical sciences. Every year, five L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards are presented to exceptional women.
By giving these researchers increased visibility, the awards show the way for new generations, encouraging young women to follow their example. Since the launch of the program, 77 women have been distinguished by the L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards, two of whom subsequently received the Nobel Prize.
Helping young researchers
The second aim of the For Women in Science program is to support young female researchers at key moments of their career. Each year, 15 doctoral or post-doctoral researchers in the life sciences are awarded International Fellowships which enable them to widen their scope of expertise at recognized research institutions outside their home countries. In addition, a Special Fellowship “in the footsteps of Marie Curie” is awarded in mid-career to a former International Fellow who has shown exemplary dedication and results in the pursuit of her career.
Adapting support to local realities
National Fellowships are also awarded in almost 50 countries, plus Regional Fellowships in the Arab States and in Sub-Saharan Africa, in partnership with branches of the L’Oréal group and UNESCO National Commissions. These aid young women to launch their scientific careers. In India, for example, since 2003 the For Young Women in Science program has annually helped 10 young women finance their studies at Indian institutions of higher education.
A network of dedicated scientists
By the end of 2013, a total of 1,729 women scientists from over 100 countries will have benefitted from the program.
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