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Innovation has been at the core of L’Oréal’s business since the company was founded by a visionary scientist more than 100 years ago, and quite simply, we depend on the contributions women make in the field every day.

UNESCO and the Fondation L’Oréal have worked together for more than twenty years and we have the simple belief that the world needs science, and science needs women.

The post-doctoral period is a challenging time for scientists as they work to establish themselves and forge paths towards a permanent research career. Although gender roles surrounding parenting are gradually changing for the better, in this current age many women scientists are still faced with the difficulty of balancing motherhood with such a competitive work environment.

Studies suggest that publishing-bias and misogynistic attitudes are still prevalent throughout the academic community. As such, UNESCO and L’Oréal want to contribute to their recognition and provide them with the means to participate equally in solving the great challenges facing humanity. The awards programme therefore equips women with the tools and support necessary to push forwards with their careers despite limitations imposed due to their gender identity and expression.


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What is the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Rising Talent Awards?

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The UK and Ireland Rising Talents Award is a national programme offering five post-doctoral women scientists a grant of £15,000 each.

The UK and Ireland Rising Talents Award also offers a number of opportunities designed to help further establish women’s research careers. Discover below the breakdown of the Award’s advantages, from media training to networking opportunities, as well as a detailed guide to the application process.

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“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

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Marie Curie, Physicist and two-time Nobel Prize Winner

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“These grants are designed to provide flexible and practical financial support for winners to spend [on] whatever they need to continue their research.”


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Here at ‘For Women in Science’ we champion inclusivity and flexibility. We also pride ourselves on our efforts to attain equal gender representation within science. These grants are therefore aimed at a particular group of people.

For more information surrounding eligibility, please refer to our Terms and Conditions:


If you think that you may benefit from a grant and you’re interested in applying then we’d love to hear from you! Alternatively, if you do not qualify but would like to get involved as a reader or jury member then please contact a member of the team via email.


✅ #Requirements

In order to be eligible for this award, you must:

#1 Identify as female
#2 Hold a PhD
#3 Have under 10 years’ active (full-time equivalent) postdoctoral experience
#4 Be conducting your research at a UK/Republic of Ireland based institution*
#5 Not have a permanent academic position


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Rosalind Franklin, English Chemist

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