The L’Oréal UNESCO Program

The L’Oréal UNESCO ‘For Women in Science’ program consists of three parts: the National/Regional Scholarship/grant Program, the International Rising Talents Program and the Awards. All three are awarded annually.

The Dutch fellowship program

The ‘For Women in Science’ fellowship was introduced in March 2012 by the Netherlands Commission for Unesco and L’Oréal Netherlands in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and the Dutch Network of Women Professors LNVH.

Annually two fellowships, with a maximum €25.000 are awarded to women scientists who, within a broad spectrum, conduct research in life sciences. The grants are intended to advance the academic careers of women researchers with 3-10 years of post-PhD academic experience (comparable to Veni/Vidi level) and offer women researchers the opportunity to work within the interdisciplinary, international academic environment at NIAS-KNAW in Amsterdam, away from the distractions of regular administrative and teaching tasks so that they can focus on broadening their research and writing publications or grant proposals. The “For Women in Science’ program aims to help women progress in their scientific careers and contribute to an increase in the number of female professors in The Netherlands.

International Rising Talents Programme

This program was launched in 2014 as the successor of the ‘International Fellowships’ program to annually recognize the best national and regional ‘For Women in Science fellows’ worldwide. The International Rising Talent Fellows are chosen from the winners of the national and regional scholarships and will receive a €15.000 research fellowship. Every year fifteen fellows are honoured with this award, three from each continent.

For Women in Science Awards

Additionally, five ‘For Women in Science’ awards are presented to female scientists annually who are leading representatives in their field and perform excellent scientific research. Laureates are awarded a grant of $100.000.

The program is geographically balanced and considers the highly variable circumstances that women researchers encounter worldwide under which they carry out research.

Since the start of the program in 1998 more than 2250 women have been awarded in the programme.

More information

For more information about the international programme, visit the international homepages of For Women in Science and Unesco.

For more information about the Dutch fellowship programme, visit the homepage of the Netherlands Commission for Unesco or visit Facebook FWIS NL