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type of activity: scientific research funding
intro: all around the world, in different degrees depending on the country and region, women are still excluded from scientific and technological progress. Fewer women than men have scientific careers and when they do, professional progress is slower. Additionally, women rarely occupy high-level scientific decision-making and representative posts. Often, scientific and technological training is not available to women and this includes informal training.
what: from the very beginning, UNESCO has worked to popularise science, the meaning of the “S” in its acronym, as well as to “advance the ideal of equality of educational opportunity without regard to race, sex.....” [UNESCO's Constitution, Article 2 (b), 1945].
Thus UNESCO dedicates programmes to promote women in science and technology. The “For women in science” program is a partnership of international stature which aims to improve the position of women in science by recognising each year outstanding women researchers who have contributed to scientific progress (L'ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards), and young women scientists engaged in exemplary and promising projects (UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Fellowships). Moreover, national initiatives are organised throughout the year by L’ORÉAL subsidiaries and UNESCO National Commissions with a variety of partners in the scientific and academic community.
how: “For women in science” is the only award to honour eminent women scientists at the international level touching women scientists in every region of the world. Following an agreement between L'Oréal and UNESCO, signed on 29 September 1999, prizes of $100 000US each are given annually to five outstanding women researchers, one from each continent.
The award has subsequently been extended to include an allocation of $20 000US for fifteen young doctoral or post-doctoral students, three from each continent, to help them continue their research projects in an institution outside their country of origin (in an institution of their choice), research often oriented towards local issues. An independent jury selects and awards the prizes.
Life Sciences and Material Sciences are recognised in alternating years. Graduates in the Material Sciences will be honoured in 2005. The Awards and Fellowships are presented each year in Paris at UNESCO headquarters.
national initiatives: as an extension of the international partnership, L'Oréal subsidiaries and UNESCO National Commissions have established national initiatives, such as national science fellowships and mentoring programs.
These national initiatives help to reinforce the place of women in science. By their history, their culture, their role in society and their sensitivity, women scientists can have an influence on the future orientation of science through a new social vision of science and its benefits.
how to apply: UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Fellowships - UNESCO sends a letter of announcement soliciting candidatures to its Member States and collects applications for examination by a Selection Committee. The application form and application guidelines are posted on various UNESCO National Commissions, scientific and university websites around the world.
Interested young women must submit a post-graduate research subject that they propose to pursue in the life sciences, directly and only to their UNESCO National Commission [ http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=3448&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html].
You also may obtain information in English, French, Spanish and/or Arabic on the principles and conditions that govern the Fellowships program [http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=14633&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html/a>].