Fellowships Programme for Young Women in Life
Within the framework of the UNESCO Co-Sponsored
Fellowships Scheme, a joint programme has
been launched with the L’ORÉAL
Corporate Foundation with a view to promoting
the contribution of young women - from all
over the world – in research developments
in the field of life sciences.
The UNESCO-L’ORÉAL fellowships
scheme focuses on UNESCO’s premise that
people are the world’s greatest resource
and that innovation and excellence, especially
among the young women community, deserve to
be supported and encouraged through the concerted
efforts of the international community. The
award of the fellowships constitutes a key
strategy through which impetus is being given
to the enhancement of the role of women in
devising scientific solutions to problems
confronting humankind in the twenty-first
The UNESCO-L’Oréal International
Fellowships are designed to identify and reward
fifteen deserving, committed and talented
young women scientists, from all over the
world, active in the field of life sciences.
With a view to ensuring that a balanced geographical
representation is made, a maximum of three
young women, from each of the five geo-cultural
regions of the world, will be awarded fellowships.
Candidates must already be engaged in pursuing
research at the doctoral or post-doctoral
level in one or allied fields of life sciences
including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology,
agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology.
In its selection, the jury accords preference
to research protocols that respect animal
welfare. Proposals in the area of cosmetics
research are NOT encouraged; preference is
given to non-cosmetic research.
Projects involving animal models (i.e. experimentation
using vertebrate laboratory animals) are rejected,
and proposals in the area of cosmetics research
are NOT encouraged; preference is given to
non cosmetic research.
Special attention will be given to candidatures
from the Least Developed Countries(LDCs).
» Conditions for Application
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» Selection of Beneficiaries
Closing date for receipt of applications:
15 July 2012
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Applicants (maximum four from each applying
National Commission) must meet the following
1. The National Commission must endorse all
applications. UNESCO cannot entertain applications
2. Candidates must be no more than 35 years
old. Thus, applicants born before 1 January
1978 will not be considered under this programme.
3. Preference will be given to candidates
already possessing at the time of application
a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in the field
of the life sciences. However, candidatures
from students pursuing studies/research leading
to a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) will also
4. Only candidates with the necessary qualifications,
who demonstrate outstanding intellectual promise
and personal qualities, will be considered
under this programme.
5. Candidates must be proficient in reading
and writing the language of instruction in
the proposed country of study.
6. Applicants must be in good health, both
physically and mentally.
CONDITIONS FOR APPLICATION:
1. Field of study: Life Sciences
2. Closing date for receipt of applications:
15 July 2012
3. The initial fellowship is for a maximum
period of 12 months, for a maximum sum of
$20,000. The fellowship can be extended for
up to 12 additional months with up to $20,000
additional funding upon request of the Fellow
and validation of the Selection Committee.
4. Duration of stay in the host country/laboratory:
At least half of the period of the fellowship
must be undertaken abroad.. All fellows are
required to complete the research project
in her own country for a minimum of two months.
5. Possible date of commencing the project:
Any time between 1 March 2013 & 1 March
6. Applications for extension may only be
made for the project for which the original
fellowship was granted. To request an extension
and additional funding, the following documents
should be submitted 3 months before the ending
date of the fellowship:
i. Three letters of recommendation issued
(a) the host institution,
(b) the research supervisors at the host institution,
(c) the academic institution/laboratory in
the fellow’s home country.
ii. A research report on progress to date
on the project and a proposal justifying the
need for an extension with details of the
work to be done.
iii. A budget estimate specifying how the
second grant will be utilized.
7. Upon termination of the fellowship, the
beneficiary must agree to return to her country
so that the knowledge acquired may be put
to good use in local research and training
THE RESEARCH PROJECT:
The research proposal should cover the following
• Why? The concrete nature of the proposed
project’s contribution to the life sciences;
its innovative, original aspects; and the
scope and purpose of the research project.
The candidate should demonstrate that the
reasons of the theoretical and practical knowledge
or training acquired at the host laboratory
would be beneficial to her on-going research
• What? The expected results or impact
of the research project being undertaken.
• How? Describe the proposed arrangements
for conducting the research.
• Where?The proposed country, where
research will be undertaken and the name and
address of the host institute/laboratory.
• When?The time-framework explicitly
stating the proposed starting date and the
suggested duration of research which should
be of twelve months maximum. Because the possibility
for extension exists, it would be useful also
to give an indication of further development
of the project beyond the 1-year time frame.
• How much?A detailed budget estimate
indicating the resources required for the
candidate to undertake the proposed research.
The amount should not exceed USD20,000. All
figures must be shown in US dollars and must
be stated on a separate page. The total amount
indicated should cover, exclusively, the international
or domestic travel costs for the proposed
itinerary and tuition fees, if any, including
personal subsistence abroad, etc. Applicants
should be realistic in compiling their estimated
budgets, and consider that an average of USD1500
per month for accommodation and meals (including
local transportation and incidentals) should
not be exceeded. Applications where funds
requested are judged to be excessive in relation
to the objectives and importance of the project
are likely to be considered for a smaller
The following costs are not eligible: computer
or equipment purchases; publication costs;
attendance at conferences, unless a case can
be made that such attendance is an integral
part of the research and would make a direct
and significant contribution to the outcome
of the development of life sciences.
All applications must be submitted with the
required documentation on the prescribed and
enclosed application forms. Each Member State
may nominate up to a maximum of four candidatures.
It is the National Commission’s responsibility
to select candidates that it wishes to submit
to UNESCO. The National Commission is also
invited to seek the cooperation of the local
scientific community to ensure high standard
candidatures that will then have more chances
of being selected. The application(s) should
reach the Fellowships Programme Section (ERC/RPO/FEL),
UNESCO (7, Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07P)
before 15 July 2012. An electronic copy of
this letter and the application form is available
in the UNESCO Fellowships' website. Advance
copy may be sent by fax: +318.104.22.168.02/03
or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com
(MSWord or PDF format document exclusively).
Candidates are encouraged to submit their
applications via the online platform at the
The National Commission will be notified
of all applications and asked to endorse them
before they can be considered. An email notification
will be sent to all National Commissions upon
receipt of an application from their country.
The deadline for the submission of individual
requests through this platform will be 15
June 2012. This will enable Member States
to review the candidatures received through
this platform, and therefore submit the four
selected candidatures by 15 July 2012.
The application must have the following attachments:
a) The UNESCO Fellowship application form
duly completed, in English or in French, in
duplicate. Two recent photographs should be
included with the form.
b) An e-mail address regularly used by the
c) Certified copies of degree or diplomas
(including transcript of grades) in duplicate.
Proof either of having obtained a Ph.D. degree
or of being in the process of studying for
a Ph.D. degree must be included.
d) A list of publications, if any.
e) A letter of recommendation from someone
familiar with the candidate’s work.
f) A host institute’s letter of acceptance
(i.e. the institute that has accepted the
candidate for work should she be selected
for a fellowship). This letter of acceptance
must indicate the name of the academic supervisor,
the date and duration, and the host institute’s
willingness to provide the relevant training
facilities required by the candidate in the
chosen field of specialization.
g) The certificate of language proficiency
(on UNESCO form) duly completed in duplicate
for the language of the country of study (should
this be different from the candidate’s
mother tongue) and signed by the competent
h) Detailed proposal for the research project:
one to two page(s) (maximum), in either English
The UNESCO-L’Oréal International
Fellowships include the following:
- The financial contribution specific previously.
- Participation in the Fellowship Training
- Round-trip travel for the selected beneficiaries
from their country of residence to attend
For Women in Science week in Paris, France,
(date not yet determined) to attend an awards
ceremony (sine qua non condition for the award
of the fellowship).
- Lodging and pocket money during the stay
in Paris for For Women in Science Week and
the Fellowship Ceremony.
- A certificate attesting to the special award.
SELECTION OF BENEFICIARIES
A special Selection Committee made up of
representatives of UNESCO, the L’ORÉAL
Foundation, and Life Sciences research community
or institutions will make the selection of
the candidates. The International Basic Science
Programme (IBSP) will be also consulted during
the selection process. A member of the IBSP
may take part in the selection.
UNESCO and the L’ORÉAL Foundation
allocate the greatest importance to originality
and quality. Consideration will be given only
to well-structured projects that demonstrate
innovation, creativity and relevance, and
which are likely to contribute to enhance
knowledge in life sciences.
Files which are incomplete or which are received
after the deadline for application, as well
as candidatures that do not meet the requirements
mentioned above, will not be taken into consideration.
Additional information on the results of
the past years’ programme can be obtained
by consulting the following website: www.forwomeninscience.com
Only selected candidates will be contacted
Candidates who have not been informed of
their selection by end of September 2011 should
consider that their applications have not
been successful in the selection process.
Project Document Announcement Letter UNESCO-L'OREAL
International Fellowships 2013_11042012.pdf
Announcement date 12 Apr 2012
Deadline for applications 15 Jul 2012
Website (URL) http://www.loreal.com/_en/_ww/index.aspx?direct1=00008&direct2=00008/00003&direct3=00008/00003/00002&direct4=00008/00003/00002/00010
Date of Submission: 15 July 2012