L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Fellowships for Sub-Saharan Africans 2021

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 fellowships in 2021.

Founded in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership was created to recognize and promote women in science. Its programs reward established women scientists whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge and of its benefits to society and provide support to promising young women who are already making significant contributions in their scientific disciplines.

The solutions to attracting more women to science appear so obvious that few would disagree with them. They should, in particular, instil confidence in girls from an early age by showing them their own potential. More women scientists should also be able to obtain positions of responsibility, just like their male counterparts, so that future generations will have role models to inspire them.

Worth of Award

€10,000 for doctorates & €15,000 for post-doctorates


  • Pursuing studies leading to a PhD degree or having obtained a PhD degree in the following scientific fields: formal sciences, life sciences, environmental sciences, physical sciences, engineering and technological sciences
  • Being from one of the 48 countries of the programme
  • Enrolled in a doctoral Institution and/or working in a research Laboratory/University or Institution out of the 48 countries.
  • Nationality: Applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa can apply.
    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
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  • Excellence of the academic records: including number, quality and impact of the publications, conference presentations, patents…
  • Scientific quality, innovative nature of the research project and its potential application

How to Apply

  • Their online platform will respectively enable you to apply to their different fellowship programmes, to nominate candidates, for the international awards or to participate in the different selection processes.

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
  • Proof of having obtained a PhD degree for postdoctoral candidates
  • Proof of being enrolled in an African University for doctoral candidates
  • A detailed project of a maximum of 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
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Deadline: Applications close on April 5, 2021.


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