The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program

In 1998 L’Oréal and UNESCO decided to found the “For Women in Science program”. This program aims to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science. Each year, the program recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists at different stages of their careers and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research.

Since “For Women in Science” was established, more than 2,500 women in over 110 countries have been recognized for their research and received funding to support their research and careers.

There are three types of program : the first one is the national program. There are 47 National Programs around the world and each one helps women scientists at a critical point in their career to continue to pursue their research with flexible financial aid. Each year the “L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellows” share their stories with female students through the “Girls in Science program”. It is the opportunity for students to hear from the Fellows and ask them questions about their career path. Fellows are able to provide the girls with information about different scientific careers and to encourage them to pursue this vocation and help to increase the representation of females in science.

The second one program is called “The international laureate program”. This program provide, each year, five leading female scientists, one from continent, with a prestigious €100,000 award in recognition of their groundbreaking achievements and contributions to scientific progress.

The third and last program is called “The international rising talents program”. Awards are presented to fifteen promising young female scientists, three from each world region (Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America). These awards aim to support and encourage them to pursue their scientific careers.


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