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For Women in Science encourages the vocations of girls in high school, supports women in research, and recognizes excellence in a field where women are underrepresented.

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Today, only 28%* of researchers are women and only 3% of Scientific Nobel Prizes have been awarded to women.


While men and women are equally represented in scientific courses at the age of 16-19, the representation of women in scientific disciplines reduces when responsibility is increased.


Since its creation 18 years ago, the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation, alongside UNESCO, has been committed to increasing the number of women in scientific research. By awarding prizes and fellowships in international, regional and national ceremonies, the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation recognizes and supports the career of the most brilliant women scientists.


* UNESCO report on science in 2030 (2015)

The Awards

CELEBRATING FEMALE TALENTS

As role models for future generations, brilliant and committed in the most competitive fields of research of our time, the Laureates illustrate the remarkable contributions that women can bring to science.

Each year, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award recognizes 5 eminent female scientist from the 5 regions of the world for their remarkable contribution to the advancement of research.


Researchers from all over the world are invited to nominate candidates. The final selection is carried out by an independent jury made up of distinguished members of the scientific community.


97 laureates have been honoured, distinguished for the excellence of their scientific work, including professors Elizabeth H. Blackburn and Ada Yonath, who both subsequently won a Nobel Prize.


Learn more about the international program for women and science.

The Fellowships

ENCOURAGING SCIENTIFIC CAREERS

Dedicated to both honoring distinguished women scientists and supporting promising young researchers throughout their careers, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme grants more than 230 doctoral and post-doctoral Fellowships in over 110 countries.

The National and Regional Fellowships


Every year, the L'Oréal Foundation awards more than 275 Fellowships to female PhD students and Post-Docs across 115 countries at a time when multiple obstacles arise to threaten their careers.


Learn more about all the national and regional programs


The International Fellowships


Every year, 15 outstanding young researchers are identified as the future of science among the winners of the 275 Fellowships awarded worldwide. These Rising Talents receive an additional grant, thus giving them greater visibility among the international scientific community.


These young researchers come from different regions of the world: Africa and Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. They have already made significant contributions to research in very varied disciplines.


Learn more about the International Rising Talent Grant

L'Oréal For Girls in Science

INSPIRING SCIENTIFIC CAREERS

Less than 30% of students in the core sciences are women. The under representation of women scientists weakens the scientific innovation in France. For Girls in Science is a unique programme advocating for young girls to consider science as a future path.

This programme is comprised of two major initiatives:


In two years, , more than 30,000 students have increased their levels of awareness thanks to the active participation of more than 100 science ambassadors.

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