What is the Dutch L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science Program?

The Dutch L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science is intended to help female scientists who are active in the field of Life Sciences, with their scientific career, within the period up to 10 years after their promotion (Vidi level), thereby contributing to the increase in the number of female professors in the Netherlands in the (near) future.

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Annually, two grants are available of €25,000 each. The grant concerns a residential fellowship of three or five months at the NIAS under the name Dutch L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science.

Who is eligible?

The application is open to female scientists within the period of 3 to 10 years after their PhD (Veni/ Vidi level, pregnancy leave and periods of part-time work for family reasons are deducted);

The applicants are invited to submit a proposal in the field of Life Sciences; we are referring to: proposals focusing on scientific and engineering knowledge that contribute to the understanding of the underlying processes in the existence of living organisms. This includes looking at intervention studies in healthy and diseased humans. This implies a comprehensive and integrated approach which also include  gamma issues, which is in line with the basis of science.

Only applicants with a permanent or temporary position at a Dutch university or a research institute based in the Netherlands will be taken into account because the program aims to increase career prospects of female researchers and the number of female professors in the Netherlands. For 2017, the application can be submitted between March 8th, 2017 and May 8th, 2017. The grants awarded in 2017 will start on September 1st, 2018 or on February 1st, 2019 (academic year 2018/2019).

Submitting the application in 2017

Call 2017 is now closed

The application consist of the application form with attachments.

•            Download the Regulations for the fellowship programme (in English)

•             Fill in the FWIS application form.

Please e-mail the application form with attachement to

The application and documents must be received by the National Commission for UNESCO by May 8th.

Selected as well as unsuccessful applicants will be informed of their status before July 1st 2017.

Any further questions?

Please contact Marike Bontenbal  (National Commission for UNESCO).