The Call for Applications of the Dutch L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships 2020 is now open. The fellowship allows excellent female scientists to boost their career. Two fellowships of 25.000 euros are available to women active in the field of life sciences, who have between 3 and 10 years post-PhD academic experience (comparable to Veni/Vidi level).

Excellent female scientists programme 
The prestigious international ‘For Women in Science’ programme is a collaboration between UNESCO and L’Oréal with the tagline: ‘The world needs science, science needs women’. The programme awards fellowships and prizes to exceptional female scientists. Since 1998, more than 3100 women from over 115 countries have received a fellowship or award. Three of them have been awarded the Nobel Prize.

Since 2012, the Netherlands Commission for UNESCO and L’Oréal Netherlands have managed the Dutch fellowship programme in cooperation with the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW) and the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH). Laureates are awarded a residential fellowship for a semester at NIAS-KNAW in Amsterdam, and are provided a place to think, study and write, while being released from regular responsibilities such as teaching, administrative or clinical tasks. NIAS-KNAW offers an inspiring workplace in an interdisciplinary and international environment. If needed, accommodation can be provided.

The world needs science, science needs women 
According to the Dutch Network of Women Professors (LNVH), currently
only 20.9% of Dutch professors are women. This puts the Netherlands at the
bottom of the ranking compared to other European countries. The For Women in
Science programme aims to boost scientific careers of women and as such,
aims to contribute to an increase of women professors.

How to apply
More information concerning the fellowship programme and how to apply is available on our website www.unesco.nl/fwis from March 8 onwards, including the application forms and guidelines. For more information you can also contact dr. Marike Bontenbal, Netherlands Commission for UNESCO, mbontenbal@unesco.nl.

Closing date is May 17, 2019.


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