L’Oréal Corporate Foundation in collaboration with UNESCO and the African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) invites applications for the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science scholarship for Sub-Saharan Africans.

The Program aims to honour talented African women for the quality of their research and assist them to pursue a brilliant career in science in any Sub-Saharan African country.

If English is not applicant’s first language then they will need to show that their English language skills are at a high enough level to succeed in their studies.

Course Level: Fellowships will be awarded to promote and encourage talented mid-career women scientists to pursue high-level PhD studies or postdoctoral research career.

Study Subject: Fellowships are available in the fields of Life Sciences.

List of Subjects: biology, genetics, physiology, neurosciences, biotechnologies, ecology) and Physical Sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering sciences, information sciences, space and earth sciences

Worth of Award

  • 12 Fellowships of €5 000 each will be granted to African PhD Students enrolled in an African University
  •  2 Fellowships of €10 000 each will be granted to African postdoctoral researchers working in a laboratory or research institution registered in one of the countries of the region.

Scholarship can be taken at: Sub-Saharan Africa

-Have obtained a PhD degree in Life or Physical Sciences or pursuing studies leading to a PhD degree
-Have the nationality of a Sub-Saharan African country
-Working in a Research Laboratory or Institution in one of the region’s countries or being enrolled in a doctoral programme at a University in Sub-Saharan Africa
-Candidates must be no more than 40 years old by the end of the application period for PhD and not more than 45 years for post doctoral

Nationality: Applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa can apply for this scholarship.

List of Countries: South Africa, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Níger, Nigeria, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tomé & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Chad, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe

How to Apply

Applications can be only made through the online platform.


Supporting Material: An application is considered complete only if it includes all documents below:
-A detailed Curriculum Vitae (including outreach activities among youth, tutoring, etc.)
-Certified copies of the degrees or recent diplomas
-A proof of having obtained a Ph.D. degree for postdoctoral candidates
-A proof of being enrolled in an African University for doctoral candidates
-A detailed project of maximum 2 pages, including:
-The research project description
-The proposed use of the grant motivating the candidature with some budget indications
-Letters of recommendation from the research supervisor and/or the director of the scientific institution where the research project is carried or the Dean of the University under which the candidate is running her research
-The list of publications and patents

Deadline:  The application deadline is 29th of April 2016.

Click here for more details and to apply


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