UNESCO-L’OREAL fellowships scheme


The UNESCO-L’ORÉAL fellowships scheme focuses on UNESCO’s premise that people are the world’s greatest resource and that innovation and excellence, especially among the young women community, deserve to be supported and encouraged through the concerted efforts of the international community.

The UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowships are designed to identify and reward fifteen deserving, committed and talented young women scientists, from all over the world, active in the field of life sciences. With a view to ensuring that a balanced geographical representation is made, a maximum of three young women, from each of the five geo-cultural regions of the world, will be awarded fellowships.

Deadline for application


How to apply

To be announced.


General information

Country of Origin


Level of study

UNESCO Member States

Field of study


PhD and Postdoc

Life Sciences (biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, medicine, pharmacy and physiology)

Scholarship Value



The initial fellowship is for a maximum period of 12 months, for a maximum sum of $20,000. The fellowship can be extended for up to 12 additional months with up to $20,000 additional funding upon request of the Fellow and validation of the Selection Committee.

Requirements for application

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:


Be female


Be endorsed by the National Commission


Be no more than 45 years old


Demonstrate outstanding intellectual promise and personal qualities


Be proficient in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study


Be in good health, both physically and mentally


Not be in receipt of another fellowship/grant for the project or for the period covered by the fellowship application.

Preference will be given to candidates already possessing at the time of application a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in the field of the life sciences. However, candidatures from students pursuing studies/research leading to a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) will also be entertained

Priority attention is given to the following candidatures:


Women Youth;


The disadvantaged;


From the Least Developed Countries; and


From Member States of Africa