Application Deadline: March 1st, 2021.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative began in 1998 and since that time the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) have strived to support and recognise accomplished women researchers, encourage more young women to enter the profession and to assist them as they progress their careers.
Globally the program has recognised more than 3400 talented young women scientists, including doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers, in more than 110 countries, and honoured 112 International Laureates for excellence in science.
In 2021, the program will recognise five Australian and one New Zealand Fellows. Applications for the Australian and New Zealand $25,000 Fellowships.
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 3,400 women in over 110 countries have been recognised for their research and received funding to support their research and careers.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships were launched in 2007 and have recognised 54 outstanding local scientists, supporting them to continue their research and help them rise to leadership positions in their field of expertise.
Each Fellow is awarded $25,000 for a one year project. This is intended to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields and the winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, conference & travel costs or other items they may need to continue their research.
Within the Australian & New Zealand program there are five Fellowships available:
- Four $25,000 Australian Fellowships
- One $25,000 New Zealand Fellowship (the inaugural New Zealand Fellowship was awarded in 2015)
The National Fellows must be within five years of their PhD (not including career breaks) for research at an Australian or New Zealand academic or research institution.
To be eligible as a mentee, applicants must:
- Be currently enrolled as a PhD student (either full-time or part-time) at an Australian university or research institute.
- Have completed at least 1 year of their PhD (received confirmation of candidature).
- Work within scientific fields including life sciences (including medical sciences), physical sciences, computer science, engineering and mathematics. Psychology, science education and social sciences are not eligible for this mentoring program.
PhD candidates will be selected based on the following key selection criteria:
- Clearly identified strengths and weaknesses.
- Addressing any relevant ambitions or goals for your future and how a mentor could facilitate your success in achieving these.