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The UNESCO-L'Oréal International Fellowships

Encouraging Talent

Fifteen UNESCO-L'ORÉAL International Fellowships are allocated each year to young women researchers in the life sciences, at the doctoral or postdoctoral level, whose promising projects have been accepted by a reputable institution outside their home country. Each Fellowship is worth a maximum of US$40,000 over two years.

The Fellowship beneficiaries are geographically spread, three Fellows being selected from each of these five regions: Africa, Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Since their creation, Fellowships have been awarded to 135 women from 71 countries.

Following a preselection process by the National Commissions for UNESCO, four candidatures from each country are forwarded to the Fellowship Section at UNESCO in Paris. The final selection of 15 beneficiaries is made by a UNESCO-L'ORÉAL Fellowship Selection Committee.

The program aspires to support the scientific vocations of young women, to give them the opportunity to build international networks in the scientific community, and to gain crucial experience that they can take back and share with others in their home countries.

L'ORÉAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE 2009:

Almost 900 women in science will have been honored with awards or fellowships to support their careers since the creation of the L'Oréal-UNESCO partnership:

L'ORÉAL-UNESCO AWARDS
• 57 Laureates from 27 countries

UNESCO-L'ORÉAL INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS
• 135 Fellows from 71 countries

L'ORÉAL NATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS
• 670 Fellows in 48 countries