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UNESCO-L'Oreal Co-sponsored Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences 2012


Within the framework of the For Women in Science partnership between the L'Oreal Corporate Foundation and UNESCO, fifteen US$40,000 fellowships (not to exceed a two-year period) are available to young women who are carrying out research in the life sciences all over the world. 


The fellowship 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. It is hoped that this will contribute to building scientific capacity in the member states.


Target Group


  • 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.


  • 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).




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


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


  • Candidates must be no more than 35 years old. Thus, applicants born before 1 January 1977 will not be considered under this programme.


  • 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.


  • Only candidates with the necessary qualifications, who demonstrate outstanding intellectual promise and personal qualities, will be considered under this programme.


  • Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study.


  • Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally.


  • 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 project, she should inform UNESCO immediately to verify whether her application is still valid.


Application Procedures


Please submit 2 hardcopies (1 original and 1 copy) of completed application package to Ms Geetha Baskaran, NUHS Research Office (Level 11, NUHS Tower Block, 1E Kent Ridge Road) by Fri 13 May 2011. 


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) Two recent photographs should be included with the form.
c) An e-mail address regularly used by the candidate.
d) 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.
e) A list of publications, if any.
f) A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the candidate's work.
g) 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.
h) 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 authority.
i) Detailed proposal for the research project: one to two page(s) (maximum), in either English or French

Please visit the UNESCO website for more information : 

Contact Us

Name Telephone Email
Ms Geetha Baskaran 6772 3714 medgb@nus.edu.sg