The Call for Applications of the Dutch L’Oréal Unesco For Women in Science fellowships 2020 is closed.

1.2b FWIS 2020: Call for Applications (EN)

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.

Who is eligible?

The application is open to female scientists with between 3-10 years post-Phd academic experience (Veni/Vidi level, pregnancy leave and periods of part-time work for family reasons are deducted).

Applicants are invited to submit a proposal in the Life Sciences; which we define as: proposals focusing on scientific and engineering knowledge that contribute to the understanding of the underlying processes in the existence of living organisms. This includes the study of conditions of health and disease in humans.  It implies a comprehensive and integrated approach which may also include the humanities and social sciences, while at the same time doing justice to a solid foundation in the natural sciences.

Since the program aims to increase career prospects of female researchers and the number of women professors in the Netherlands, only applicants with a permanent or temporary position at a Dutch university or a research institute based in the Netherlands will be taken into account.

How to apply?

In 2019, applications can be submitted between March 8 and May 17. The fellowships granted in 2019 will commence either September 2020 or February 2021 (academic year 2019/2020).

The Call for Proposals 2019 is closed. 

For more information

Please contact Marieke Brugman, Netherlands Commission for Unesco,