The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO is pleased to announce the call for applications for the UNESCO-L’OREAL Co-Sponsored Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences International Fellowship program.

International Fellowship Program

UNESCO-L’Oreal Co-sponsored Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences honor 15 young women researchers at the doctoral or postdoctoral level, whose promising projects have been accepted by a reputable institution outside their country of origin. Since the program began in 1998 over 165 women from 81 countries have benefitted from this program.

These fellowships, worth up to $40,000 for a period of up to two-years, are awarded to three applicants from each of the following five regions respectively: Africa, Arab States, Asia/Pacific, Europe/North America, Latin America/Caribbean.


  • Candidates must be no more than 35 years old (born on or before 1/1/78)
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or be currently pursuing a Ph.D.
  • Proficiency in reading and writing the language of instruction in the proposed country of study
  • Cannot be in receipt of another fellowship/grant for the project covered by this fellowship


Application forms and procedures for this program can be found here.

American citizens who wish to apply for the 2013 UNESCO-L’OREAL Co-sponsored Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences should apply online by 6/15/12 using this link here.

Questions regarding the application process or receipt of applications can be directed to or by calling 202-663-0026.

American Fellowship Program

In addition to their International Fellowship program offered in cooperation with UNESCO, L’OREAL-USA also offers an American fellowship program. This one-year program is offered to women in postdoctoral programs who are pursing research in the Life Sciences, Physical and Materials Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. More information about this fellowship program can be found here (click “For Women and Science” at the top).