Applications for the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland For Women in Science Fellowships now open.
What are the L’Oréal UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science?
The L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science are awards offered by a partnership between L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, to promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland in the fields of the life and physical sciences.
The National Fellowships are offered under the umbrella of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme, which has promoted women in scientific research on a global scale since 1998. http://www.womeninscience.co.uk/
Five Fellowships will be awarded in 2015 to outstanding women scientists in the early stages of their career to enable and/or facilitate promising scientific research. The Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of life, physical and computer sciences, engineering and mathematics.
2015 Key Dates
Applications open: Monday 2nd February
Applications close: Friday 13th March
Shortlist published: Tuesday 2nd June
Awards Ceremony: Tuesday 23rd June
In a special edition of ‘International Innovation’ focusing on ‘A Passion for Progress’ our four 2014 fellows showcase their pioneering research of as an example of what women scientists around the globe are working on.
When it comes to forging a successful scientific career, women in the 21st Century have much better prospects than their female counterparts from previous generations. Yet in spite of significant gender equality advances – set in motion during the 1960s and 1970s – women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of R&D in every region of the world.
For instance, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics estimates that just 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are female, while in the UK and Ireland women comprise only 13 per cent of STEM employees. Multiple studies have identified a number of recurring barriers to women in STEM, including a male dominated working culture, a ‘chilly’ classroom environment, the insecure nature of science research and a lack of access to mentors.