In 1998, L'Oréal and UNESCO founded the For Women in Science programme to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science.
Each year, the programme recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists across the globe and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research.
By the end of 2014, over 2000 female scientists from over 100 countries will have benefitted from the programme.
There are three distinct tiers:
1. The International Laureate Programme:
The annual awards provide five leading female scientists, one from each continent, with a prestigious Laureate of $100,000 in recognition of their groundbreaking achievements and contributions to scientific progress. These women are at the cutting edge of their research fields. The international structure of the programme ensures that the Laureates are distributed among women who are working under a wide variety of conditions.
These Laureates are selected by the L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Life Sciences Jury which is made up of 18 eminent members of the international scientific community.
Read more about this year's International Laureates
2. The International Fellowships:
These Fellowships help young female scientists from around the world to take up research positions in other countries, allowing them to pursue their research in some of the world's most prestigious laboratories. There are 15 Fellowships given out each year to support tomorrow's faces of science.
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3. The National Fellowships:
The National Fellowships, such as the For Women in Science UK & Ireland programme, are run in 46 countries around the world. Each National Fellowship helps female scientists at a critical point in their career to continue to pursue their research with flexible financial aid.
The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science
The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science were launched in January 2007. The Fellowships are awards offered by a partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society. Four Fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers. Each worth £15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland), the Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university / research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of life or physical sciences.
The Fellowships have been designed to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields. For example, winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, travel costs or indeed whatever they may need to continue their research.
Another important part of the Fellowship programme is the support, training and networking opportunities that it provides. Fellows make valuable friendships and connections that can lead to interesting collaborations, publications and wider appreciation of their work.
Learn more about the UK & Ireland Fellowships