In 1998 L'Oréal and UNESCO founded the For Women in Science program to promote and highlight the critical importance of ensuring greater participation of women in science.
Each year, the program recognises the achievements of exceptional female scientists at different stages of their careers and awards them with Fellowships to help further their research. Since For Women in Science was established, more than 2,500 women in over 110 countries have been recognised for their research and received funding to support their research and careers.
There are three distinct tiers:
1. THE NATIONAL PROGRAM - for details about the Australian & New Zealand FWIS program please visit our website www.forwomeninscience.com.au
There are 47 National Programs run by L’Oréal subsidiaries around the world. Each National Fellowship helps women scientists at a critical point in their career to continue to pursue their research with flexible financial aid.
THE L'ORÉAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND FELLOWSHIPS
The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australia & New Zealand Fellowships were launched in 2007 and have recognised 32 outstanding local scientists, supporting them to continue their research and help them rise to leadership positions in their field of expertise. Each Fellow is awarded $25,000 for a one year project. This is intended to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields and the winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, conference & travel costs or indeed whatever they may need to continue their research.
Within the Australian & New Zealand program there are four Fellowships available:
- Three $25,000 L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowships
- One $25,000 L’Oréal New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowship
The National Fellows must be within five years of their PhD for research at an Australian or New Zealand academic or research institution.
2. THE INTERNATIONAL LAUREATE PROGRAM:
International LaureateEach year the Laureate Program provide five leading female scientists, one from each continent, with a prestigious €100,000 award in recognition of their groundbreaking achievements and contributions to scientific progress. These women are at the cutting edge of their research fields and the international structure of the program ensures that the Laureates are distributed among women who are working under a wide variety of conditions. Since the program’s creation 87 Laureates have been honoured with this award.
These Laureates are selected by the L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Jury which is made up of 18 eminent members of the international scientific community.
Read more at www.fwis.fr/en/awards
3. THE INTERNATIONAL RISING TALENTS PROGRAM:
International LaureateThe International Rising Talents awards are presented to fifteen promising young female scientists, three from each world region (Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America). These awards aim to support and encourage them to pursue their scientific careers.
The recipients of these awards are selected from the FWIS National and Regional Fellows and they each receive a grant of €15,000 for their research. These awards strive to recognise talented young researchers who are indeed the future of science.
Read more at www.fwis.fr/en/rising_talents