April 8, 2016

L’Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships for Women in Science in Sub-saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Regional Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Science, Engineering, Technology
Course Level: Graduate (PhD, PostDoc)
Provider: L'Oreal foundation, UNESCO
Country to Study in: Africa

Fellowship Description
L’Oréal Corporate Foundation (L'Oreal foundation) in partnership with UNESCO and the African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) announce the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowships 2016.

The 7th edition of these fellowships support distinguished women scientists and engineers from sub-Saharan Africa. The fellowship is in recognition of the commitment and remarkable research of mid-career women in the fields of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences which are all still largely dominated by men.

The 2016 fellowships will be awarded to promote and encourage talented mid-career women scientists to pursue high-level PhD studies or post-doctoral research careers in science.

L’Oréal-UNESCO Sub-Saharan Africa Regional fellowships “For Women in Science”

This fellowship is open to women citizens and permanent residents from Sub-Saharan African countries. The following criteria apply:
  • ​Having obtained a PhD degree in Life or Physical Sciences or pursuing studies leading to a PhD degree
  • Having the nationality of a Sub-Saharan African country
  • Working in a Research Laboratory or Institution in one of the region’s countries or being enrolled in a doctoral programme at a University in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Candidates must be no more than 40 years old by the end of the application period for PhD and not more than 45 years for post doctoral
Selection criteria:
The selection criteria of the candidate by the jury are the following:
  • The candidate’s outstanding academic records (including number, quality and impact of the publications (impact factors to be submitted), conference presentations, patents…)
  • The scientific quality of the research project
  • The innovative nature and productivity of the research and its potential application in science
  • The ability of the candidate to communicate and promote sciences to a younger audience and to encourage young African female scientists.
  • The candidate’s career-path
Eligible groups
Citizens (and permanent residents) of ANY Sub-Saharan African country

Participating Institutions
All research institutions and other institutions of higher learning in Africa

Fields of study
Areas of Science, Engineering, Technology - fields of Life Sciences (e.g. biology, genetics, physiology, neurosciences, biotechnologies, ecology) and Physical Sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering sciences, information sciences, space and earth sciences)

Number of awards
Total fourteen (14) fellowships will be awarded for the 2016-2017 year

Fellowship benefits
Fellowships up to the maximum value of Euro 15,000 will be awarded.
  • 12 Fellowships of €5 000 each will be granted to African Ph.D. Students enrolled in an African University. 
  • 2 Fellowships of €10 000 each will be granted to African postdoctoral researchers working in a laboratory or research institution registered in one of the countries of the region.
The fellowships will be paid to the beneficiaries in one installment after the fellowships official ceremony and signing the preliminary contract with L’OREAL Foundation. The awards of the fellowships to successful applicants will be awarded at a grand ceremony to be held in South Africa in October 2016.

Method of Application
Applications must be submitted online on the official "For Women in Science" website: http://www.fwis.fr/. You will need to REGISTER to commence your application. Requested information and documents must be included, and copies of documents (including scientific publications) that will enhance the Fellows’ application may be submitted. All applications shall be submitted before the deadline date below.

It is important to read the 2016 Rules and Regulations(pdf), and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this fellowship, and to start your application.

The next call for application is 7th March 2016, and the deadline to apply is 29th April 2016

Incomplete or time barred applications shall not be considered.

In 1998, L’Oréal and UNESCO joined forces to found the L’Oréal - UNESCO “For Women in Science” program. In 2009 the “For Women in Science” program launched the L’Oréal-UNESCO Regional fellowships “For Women in Science” in Sub-Sahara Africa, one of its first regional programs, to assist women scientists in the Sub-Saharan Africa region to realize important scientific research in all fields of science, engineering and technology. This program celebrates the phenomenal achievements of the region’s women scientists and empowers them to further contribute to the world of science, engineering and technology.

The L’OREAL-UNESCO Fellowships take two forms: the REGIONAL FELLOWSHIPS of which the L’Oréal-UNESCO Regional fellowships “For Women in Science” in Sub-Sahara Africa is one; and the INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP (i.e. the UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowship programme), created in 2000 to encourage promising women worldwide who are working in the life sciences at the doctoral or postdoctoral level.

The L'Oréal Group is the world's largest cosmetics and beauty company. With its registered office in Paris and head office in the Paris suburb of Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France, it has developed activities in the field of cosmetics.

Application Deadline: 29 April 2016
Open to International students: No (ONLY Africans)

More Fellowship Information and Application (Sub-Saharan Regional Fellowships)
More Fellowship Information and Application (L'Oreal Foundation site)
More Fellowship Information and Application (Official L'Oreal site)

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