20 Doctoral and Post-doctorates L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship

Partners: UNESCO

Number of fellowships given: 15 doctorates and 5 post-doctorates

Individual fellowships amount : €10,000€ for doctorates & €15,000 for post-doctorates

Requirements :

  • Pursuing studies leading to a Ph D degree or having obtained a Ph D degree in the following scientific fields: formal sciences, life sciences, environmental sciences, physical sciences, engineering and technological sciences
  • Being from one of the 48 countries of the programme
  • Enrolled in a doctoral Institution and/or working in a research Laboratory/University or Institution out of the 48 countries


Top 3 selection criteria :

  • Excellence of the academic records : including number, quality and impact of the publications, conference presentations, patents…
  • Scientific quality, innovative nature of the research project and its potential application

Launch year : 2010

Number of fellowships given to date : 68


Rules & Regulations 2019



2019 Rules & Regulations (English)



Next call
for application :

25th February 2019

Deadline :

29th April 2019

Date of ceremony :

21st November 2019


Online registration platform :


The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative began 20 years ago. Since that inaugural year, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) have strived to support and recognize accomplished women researchers, to encourage more young women to enter the profession and to assist them once their careers are in progress.

The solutions to attracting more women to science appear so obvious that few would disagree with them. We should, in particular, instill confidence in girls from an early age by showing them their own potential. More women scientists should also be able to obtain positions of responsibility, just like their male counterparts, so that future generations will have role models to inspire them.

The current situation, however, indicates that, well into the third millennium, a considerable discrepancy exists between what society professes to believe and what we actually do. Much remains to be done with regard to gender balance in science. Most tellingly, women account for only 28% of the world’s researchers.* There are still great barriers that discourage women from entering the profession and obstacles continue to block progress for those already in the field. For this reason, in addition to its annual Awards, the L’Oréal-UNESCO partnership has established the International Rising Talents program, which is designed to accelerate the advancement of young women in science globally. The International Rising Talents are chosen from among the doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who have received fellowships from L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science’s national and regional programs.

*UNESCO Science Report, 2015


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