fellowships scheme focuses on UNESCO’s premise that people are the
greatest resource and that innovation and excellence, especially among
young women community, deserve to be supported and encouraged through
efforts of the international community. The award of the fellowships
constitutes a key strategy through which impetus is being given to the
enhancement of the role of women in devising scientific solutions to
confronting humankind in the twenty-first century.
The programme is designed to identify and reward fifteen deserving,
and talented young women scientists, from all over the world, active
field of life sciences. With a view to ensuring that a balanced
representation is made, a maximum of three young women, from each of
geo-cultural regions of the world, will be awarded fellowships.
Candidates must already be engaged in pursuing research at the
post-doctoral level in one or allied fields of life sciences including
biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy
physiology. Projects involving animal models (i.e. experimentation
vertebrate laboratory animals) are rejected, and proposals in the area
cosmetics research are NOT encouraged; preference is given to non
Special attention will be given to candidatures from the Least
Applicants (maximum four from each applying National Commission) must
the following general criteria:
1- The National Commission must endorse all applications. UNESCO
entertain applications from individuals.
2- Candidates must be no more than 35 years old. Thus, applicants born
1 January 1976 will not be considered under this programme.
3- Preference will be given to candidates already possessing at the
application a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in the field of the life
However, candidatures from students pursuing studies/research leading
Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) will also be entertained.
4- Only candidates with the necessary qualifications, who demonstrate
outstanding intellectual promise and personal qualities, will be
under this programme.
5- Candidates must be proficient in reading and writing the language
instruction in the proposed country of study.
6- Applicants must be in good health, both physically and mentally.
7- Candidates may not be in receipt of another fellowship/grant for
project or for the period covered by the fellowship application. If
candidate receives another award, scholarship or fellowship for the
research, she should inform UNESCO immediately and her application
reviewed and may be withdrawn.
CONDITIONS FOR APPLICATION:
1. Field of study: Life Sciences
2. Closing date for receipt of applications: 30 June 2010
3. Duration of proposed study/research:
12 months with possibility of extension for additional 12 months
4. Duration of stay in the host country/laboratory:
At least half of the period of the fellowship must be undertaken
for a minimum duration of 6 months and a maximum duration of 12
months. If an
extension is granted then duration abroad is minimum 12 months and
months. In the latter case, the applicant is requested to complete the
studies in her own country for a minimum of two months.
5. Possible date of commencing the project:
Any time between 1 March 2011 &1 March 2012
6. Requirements for application for an extension of the fellowship:
The following documents should be submitted 3 months before the
date of the fellowship:
i. Three letters of recommendation issued by
(a) the host institution,
(b) the research supervisors at the host institution, and
(c) the academic institution/laboratory in the fellow’s home country;
ii. A research report on progress to date on the project and a
justifying the need for an extension with details of the work to be
iii. A budget estimate specifying how the second grant will be
Applications for extension may only be made for the project for which
original fellowship was granted
7. Upon termination of the fellowship, the beneficiary must agree to
to her country so that the knowledge acquired may be put to good use
research and training programmes.
All applications must be submitted with
the required documentation on
the prescribed and enclosed application forms. Each Member State
may nominate up to a maximum of four candidatures. It is the National
Commission’s responsibility to select candidates that it wishes to
UNESCO. The National Commission is also invited to seek the
the local scientific community to ensure high standard candidatures
then have more chances of being selected. The application(s)
the Fellowships Programme Section (ERC/RPO/FEL), UNESCO (7, Place de
07P) before 30 June 2010. An
electronic copy of this letter and the application form is
the UNESCO Fellowships' website. Advance copy may be sent by fax:
+322.214.171.124.02/03 or by e-mail: email@example.com and
firstname.lastname@example.org (MSWord or PDF format document
1. The application must have the following attachments:
a) The UNESCO Fellowship application form duly completed, in English
French, in duplicate. Two recent photographs should be included with
b) An e-mail address regularly used by the candidate.
c) Certified copies of degree or diplomas (including transcript of
duplicate. Proof either of having obtained a Ph.D. degree or of being
process of studying for a Ph.D. degree must be included.
d) A list of publications, if any.
e) A letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the
f) A host institute’s letter of acceptance (i.e. the institute that
accepted the candidate for work should she be selected for a
This letter of acceptance must indicate the name of the academic
the date and duration, and the host institute’s willingness to provide
relevant training facilities required by the candidate in the chosen
g) The certificate of language proficiency (on UNESCO form) duly
duplicate for the language of the country of study (should this be
from the candidate’s mother tongue) and signed by the competent
h) A detailed description, one to two page(s) (maximum), in either
French, of the research work for which the candidature is being put
The research proposal should cover the following points:
• Why? The concrete nature
of the proposed project’s contribution to
the life sciences; its innovative, original aspects; and the scope and
purpose of the research project. The candidate should demonstrate that
reasons of the theoretical and practical knowledge or training
the host laboratory would be beneficial to her on-going research
• What? The expected
results or impact of the research project being
• How? Describe the
proposed arrangements for conducting the research.
• Where? The proposed
country, where research will be undertaken and
the name and address of the host institute/laboratory.
• When? The time-framework
explicitly stating the proposed starting
date and the suggested duration of research which should be of twelve
maximum. Because the possibility for extension exists, it would be
also to give an indication of further development of the project
1-year time frame.
• How much? A detailed
budget estimate indicating the resources
required for the candidate to undertake the proposed research. The
should not exceed USD20,000. All figures must be shown in US dollars
be stated on a separate page. The total amount indicated should cover,
exclusively, the international or domestic travel costs for the
itinerary and tuition fees, if any, including personal subsistence
etc. Applicants should be realistic in compiling their estimated
consider that an average of USD1,500 per month for accommodation and
(including local transportation and incidentals) should not be
Applications where funds requested are judged to be excessive in
the objectives and importance of the project are likely to be
a smaller grant.
The following costs are not eligible:
Computer or equipment purchases; publication costs; attendance at
conferences, unless a case can be made that such attendance is an
part of the research and would make a direct and significant
the outcome of the development of life sciences.
2. UNESCO and the L’ORÉAL Corporate Foundation allocate the greatest
importance to originality and quality. Consideration will be given
well-structured projects that demonstrate innovation, creativity and
relevance, and which are likely to contribute to enhance knowledge in
3. Files which are incomplete or which are received after the deadline
application, as well as candidatures that do not meet the requirements
mentioned above, will not be taken into consideration.
4. Additional information on the results of the past years’ programme
obtained by consulting the following website: www.forwomeninscience.com
FACILITIES OFFERED BY UNESCO and the L’ORÉAL
The awards financed by the L’ORÉAL Corporate Foundation, and managed
administered by UNESCO will consist of the following:
- A financial contribution, not to exceed US $20,000 per year for each
selected beneficiary to support her on-going research proposal, with
possibility of an extension for a second year.
- Round-trip travel for the selected beneficiaries from their country
residence to Paris, France, (date not yet determined)
to attend an awards ceremony (sine qua non condition for the award of
- Lodging and pocket money during the stay in Paris for the awards
- A certificate attesting to the special award.
SELECTION OF BENEFICIARIES
A special Selection Committee made up of representatives of UNESCO,
and Life Sciences research community or institutions will make the
of the candidates. The International Basic Science Programme (IBSP)
also consulted during the selection process. A member of the IBSP may
part in the selection.
Only selected candidates will
be contacted by UNESCO.
Candidates who have not been
informed of thier selection by the end of
September 20010 should consider that their application have not been
in the selection process.
date 22 Feb 2010
for applications 30 Jun 2010