About UNESCO and L’Oréal
Women researchers who contribute to overcoming today’s global challenges are celebrated by UNESCO and Fondation L’Oréal.
L’Oréal and UNESCO launched a program in 2010 to support female scientists in Africa. Since then, more than 150 young female scientists have been supported. Since 2019, a national programme has been launched in South Africa.
L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South Africa Grant 2022 – 2023
A women’s programme is being launched by L’Oréal-UNESCO in partnership with the South African National Young Talents Programme for the academic year 2023.
This programme is dedicated to South African women scientists and awards doctoral and post-doctorate degrees in these scientific fields:
Applied Sciences (Mathematics, Computer & Information Sciences)
- Chemistry and Physics (Physical Sciences)
- Life and Environmental Sciences (Biological Sciences, Agriculture Sciences, Health Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Earth & Related Environmental Sciences, Health Biotechnology, Basic Medicine)
- Engineering Sciences and Technology (Environmental Biotechnology, Medical Engineering, Material Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnologies, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Electrical; Electronic & Information Engineering)
Each year, six female scientists receive funding from the South African National Programme. The values to be recognized include:
Doctoral students: Three grants of R80 000 each will be awarded to doctoral students
Post-doctorate students: Three awards of R160000 each will be given to research students
A Jury and expert panel will review the applications in June 2022. The candidates will be selected by the end of August 2022. Awards will be announced in September 2022, with a ceremony to follow.
Before applying, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements (please note that your application will not be considered if you do not meet all requirements):
- Citizenship of South Africa is required
- To study in South Africa, you must enroll at a university
- If you wish to pursue your doctorate in any of the nine provinces, you must enroll in a research laboratory
- The 2nd year of your thesis is required
- In order to conduct science-related research, you must be involved in one of the fields listed above
- If you are currently supported by the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program in your country or region, you are not eligible to apply
- It is a requirement that you are a citizen of South Africa
- You must be enrolled in a post-doctoral program in one of the nine provinces
- The above fields of scientific study must be your area of specialization
- The field of your research must be one of the following:
- Before the grant opens (5 May 2022) you must have started your post-doctoral work.
- The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program must not currently support you
How to apply?
Applicants must apply online at: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South Africa Grant
* Applicants are required to download and read L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South Africa National Young Talents Programme prior to applying.
Include clear copies of the following supporting documentation with your application (these documents are mandatory – any missing items will lead to the disqualification of your application):
- Detailed CV including dissemination actions, training, commitments of the candidate, etc (from page 1 to 2)
- Copy of completed tertiary qualifications
- (200 words maximum) Summary of research work (for a panel of experts)
- Research work and methodology should be described in detail, along with references (font Times New Roman, Text size 12, justified with single spacing) (maximum of two pages)
- The estimated budget detailing the anticipated expenditures for the research work (maximum budget of R80000 for doctoral students; R160000 for postdoctoral researchers – the budget must be presented in a table with estimated expenses).
- Two or more letters of recommendation (evaluating the applicant’s CV, assessing the project’s originality, and discussing the candidate’s personal and professional attributes)
- List of publications by the applicants (listing the most recent publications first) (Doctoral students: the 2 publications that have been published or are in the process of publication. Post-doctoral students: 2 publications that are most important)
The last date of application is 15 June 2022. Place your application before the closing date in order for it to be considered.
Contact L’Oréal-UNESCO directly if you have any questions about this grant program:
Contact form: https://www.forwomeninscience.com/
Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here: https://allbursaries.co.za/notice/