Afrique du Sud
Type of grant
Sectors and field of study
Life sciences, Environmental sciences, Physical sciences, Engineering and technological sciences, Mathematics and Computer science
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science sub-Saharan Africa regional programme aims to promote and encourage the participation of young African women in science.
20 endowments are given annually to encourage young researchers currently in doctoral or post-doctoral studies to pursue a brilliant scientific career.
- 15 endowments of € 10,000 each, are allocated to 15 doctoral students enrolled in a doctoral school and in a research laboratory in sub-Saharan Africa;
- 5 endowments of € 15,000 each, are allocated to 5 post-docs working in a laboratory or research institute in sub-Saharan Africa.
The endowments are intended for the researchers themselves and must be exclusively devoted to the promotion of research in their country, or of the researcher in a professional framework. Some examples of use:
- Purchase of computer equipment or advanced equipment. It is understood that the endowments must in no case replace the responsibilities of the laboratory vis-à-vis its researchers. As a result, endowments cannot be used to procure basic laboratory equipment.
- Travel in the country or abroad to meet experts or create collaborations.
- Funding to attend conferences, congresses, training / knowledge acquisition, creation of a business plan, etc.
- Funding for babysitters to attend conferences and congresses for example.
- Purchase of scientific articles.
Grant funded by
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science sub-Saharan Africa regional programme.
- Nationality.ies – Profile
- Pursuing studies leading to a PhD degree or having obtained a PhD degree in the following scientific fields: Life sciences, Environmental sciences, Physical sciences, Engineering and technological sciences, Mathematics and Computer science;
- Being from one of the 48 countries of the Sub-Saharan region;
- Enrolled in a doctoral Institution and/or working in a research Laboratory/University or Institution of the 49 countries of the sub-Saharan region (including South Africa);
- Being from one of the 49 countries of the Sub-Saharan region;
- Enrolled in a doctoral Institution and/or working in a research Laboratory/University or Institution of the 48 countries of the Sub-Saharan region.
- Level of study required
Additional terms and conditions
- How to apply
Applications are made by the candidates themselves only through the online platform: www.forwomeninscience.com.
An application is only considered complete when it includes all the following documents:
- A detailed CV of 1 to 2 pages maximum including training, dissemination actions, commitments of the candidate, etc.
- Copies of diplomas or certificates obtained from the license in their original language.
- A summary of research work in 200 words maximum (intended for a panel of scientific experts).
- A detailed description of the research work of 2 pages maximum, including the references (Text justified, Times New Roman font, size 12 with single spacing) and an estimated budget detailing the expenditure envisaged to support the coherence and realism of the research work. This budget must not exceed € 10,000 for doctoral students and € 15,000 for post-doctoral researchers (in the form of a table with projected expenses). If the estimated budget is less than the amount allocated, the excess may be spent after the year following the Prize (there is no limited time for its use).
- At least two letters of recommendation, each assessing the quality of the CV, the originality of the project and mentioning the relationship and human dimensions of the candidate.
- A list of the candidate's publications (from the most recent to the oldest):
- for doctoral students: the 2 publications (article, patents, oral communications, posters, etc.) published or in the process of being published.
- for post-doctoral students: the 2 most important publications (scientific publications, patents, etc.).
Call for applications: early February, every year.
Closing date for applications: April.
Awards ceremony: December.
The candidates will be preselected by a committee of experts and then presented to an independent jury made up of eminent researchers from the African continent. The jury is chaired by the President of the African Academy of Science. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be appealed. It can neither be disputed nor subject to explanations or justifications. The results will be communicated by telephone and email to the 20 beneficiaries after the deliberations of the allocation jury.