For Women in Science

Held annually, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship aims to recognize accomplished women researchers and to encourage younger women to enter the profession.

20 Years of Supporting Women in Science

Created in 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships were established by the L’Oréal Corporate Foundation as the first international awards dedicated to women scientists around the world. 20 years later, the programme continues to be a benchmark of international scientific excellence and an invaluable source of motivation, support, as well as inspiration for women in the fields of science. Since it was founded in 1998, the program has honoured 107 Award Laureates (including three who went on to win the Nobel Prize), and supported more than 3,000 Fellows from over 117 countries - women who are making contributions in every field of research.

There are three distinct tiers:


There are 47 National Programs run by L’Oréal subsidiaries around the world. Each National Fellowship helps women scientists at a critical point in their career to continue to pursue their research with flexible financial aid.

The L’Oréal Singapore For Women In Science National Fellowship

The L’Oréal Singapore For Women In Science National Fellowship programme was established in 2009, and is organized with the support of the Singapore National Commission for UNESCO and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The programme recognizes talented women researchers in the scientific field, and aims to encourage women to not only pursue and maintain careers in science; but actively participate in Singapore’s research and development sector as well. Since its inception in 2009, L’Oréal Singapore has consecutively awarded the fellowships over the past ten years; thus far, 22 women scientists have been honored with fellowships. 


Each year the Laureate Program provide five leading female scientists, one from each continent, in recognition of their groundbreaking achievements and contributions to scientific progress. These women are at the cutting edge of their research fields and the international structure of the program ensures that the Laureates are distributed among women who are working under a wide variety of conditions. Since the program’s creation 107 Laureates have been honoured with this award. These Laureates are selected by the L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Jury which is made up of 18 eminent members of the international scientific community.


The International Rising Talents awards are presented to fifteen promising young female scientists, three from each world region (Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America). These awards aim to support and encourage them to pursue their scientific careers. These awards strive to recognise talented young researchers who are indeed the future of science.

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