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UNESCO L'OREAL Co-Sponsered Fellowships Programme for Young Women in Life Sciences

Publication date
February 22, 2010
June 30, 2010
Short description

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.

Target Group

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. 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 researches.

Special attention will be given to candidatures from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Duration of reserach will be 12 months with possibility of extension for additional 12 months. 

At least half of the period of the fellowship must be undertaken abroad, for a minimum duration of 6 months and a maximum duration of 12 months. If an extension is granted then duration abroad is minimum 12 months and maximum 22 months. In the latter case, the applicant is requested to complete the studies in her own country for a minimum of two months.

Possible date of commencing the project is anytime between 1 March 2011 and 1 March 2012. 

WBC Participation

The call is open to all over the world, but special attention will be given to candidates from the Least Developed Countries (LDC) category of the United Nations. None of the Western Balkan Countries are in this category.

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 programmes.

All applications must be submitted with the required documentation on the 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.

Additional information about the call

To access the Programme Website, please click here.


Applicants (maximum four from each applying National Commission) must meet the following general criteria:

1- The National Commission must endorse all applications. UNESCO cannot entertain applications from individuals.

2- Candidates must be no more than 35 years old. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1976 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 be entertained.

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.

7- Candidates may not be in receipt of another fellowship/grant for the project or for the period covered by the fellowship application. If the candidate receives another award, scholarship or fellowship for the proposed research, she should inform UNESCO immediately and her application will be reviewed and may be withdrawn.

The research proposal should cover the following points:

• 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 project.
• The expected results or impact of the research project being undertaken.
• Describe the proposed arrangements for conducting the research.
• The proposed country, where research will be undertaken and the name and address of the host institute/laboratory.
• 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.
• A detailed budget estimate indicating the resources required for the candidate to undertake the proposed research. The amount should not exceed USD 20,000. 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 USD 1,500 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 grant.

Specification / Themes
Life Sciences
  • Other

Entry created by Filiz Hayirli on May 3, 2010
Modified on May 3, 2010