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L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Young Talents Programme South Africa 2020

The L’Oréal- UNESCO partnership launches the first edition of the South African National programme to support young females scientists.

Application Deadline: 29th May, 2020

Eligible Countries: South Africa

To be taken at (country): South Africa

About the Award:  The first edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science South African National Programme aims to promote and encourage young women in science.

This programme identifies and rewards talented young female scientists in the field of Formal sciences, Life sciences, Environmental sciences, Physical sciences, Engineering and Technological sciences.

The programme was previously the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science subSaharan Africa Regional programme.

Since its inception in 2010, the programme grew significantly and with the vision of empowering more young female scientists, we have decided to split the initial programme into two programmes: 

  • A new national programme for South Africa 
  • The regional programme for the 48 other countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region

The Programme will honour, 7 talented South African women for the quality of their research and encourages them to pursue a career in science in any South African Province.

Type: Fellowship, Award


  • Having obtained Ph.D. degree in Formal sciences, Life sciences, Environmental sciences, Physical sciences, Engineering and Technological sciences or pursuing studies leading to a Ph.D. degree at a South African university in one of the 9 Provinces
  • Be a South African Citizen
  • Working in a Research Laboratory or Institution or being enrolled in a doctoral programme at a University in South Africa
  • Candidates must be no more than 40 years old by the end of the application period for PhD and not more than 45 years for Post-doctoral Fellowships

Selection Criteria: 

  • The candidate’s outstanding academic records [including number, quality and impact of the publications (impact factors to be submitted), conference presentations, patents…]
  • The scientific quality of the research project
  • The innovative nature and productivity of the research and its potential application in science

Number of Awards: 5 doctorates and 2 post-doctorates

Value of Award: R80,000 for doctorates and R160,000 for post-doctorates

How to Apply: 

  • It is important to go through all application requirements on the Programme Webpage (see link below) before applying

Visit Programme Webpage for Details

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