These grants are offered jointly by UNESCO and L'OREAL. They are intended to support women at a doctoral or postdoctoral level, who want to undertake a research project in the life sciences which has been accepted by a reputable institution outside their native country. Every fellowship has a value of up to 40,000 US Dollars.
Candidates must be female and under 35 years of age. Priority is given to those already holding a PhD or equivalent. However, applications from doctoral students will be considered. Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study. Candidates must already be engaged in and undertake research 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 cosmetic research are NOT encouraged; preference is given to non-cosmetic research. Applications must be submitted through and endorsed by the UNESCO National Commission of the Candidate’s home country.