Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowship Program 2019 For Women in Science

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The Sub-Saharan Africa program L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science aims at promoting and encouraging young African women in science. This program identifies and rewards talented young women scientists in the fields of Formal Sciences, Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology.

To date, most of the applications for this regional program have been received primarily from South Africa. Given the importance of supporting African scientific research and our commitment to empowering more women scientists from across sub-Saharan Africa, they decided to divide the initial regional program into two programmes:

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

Starting from this 10th edition, the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa programme will celebrate 20 young female scientists (15 doctorates and 5 post-doctorates) instead of 14 young female scientists the years before, for the quality of their research and encourage them to pursue a brilliant career in science in any Sub-Saharan African country.

Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following general criteria:
a. For doctoral researchers

  • Having the nationality of one of the 48 Sub-Saharan African countries covered by the programme.
  • Enrolled in a Sub-Saharan African studies Institute and pursuing studies leading to a PhD. degree in one of the scientific fields listed in the Appendix 2.
  • Completing their doctorate in a research Laboratory or Institution in one of the 48 countries covered by the programme.
  • Who started their thesis no later than 31/12/2017,

b. For Post-doctoral researchers:

  • Having the nationality of one of the 48 Sub-Saharan African countries covered by the programme.
  • Having obtained a PhD. degree in one of the scientific fields listed in the Appendix 2.
  • Completing their post-doctorate in a research Laboratory or Institution in one of the 48 countries covered by the programme.
  • Conducting research in one of the scientific fields listed in the Appendix 2,
  • Who do not have a permanent position prior to the award ceremony, to be held in November 2019.
  • Who defended their thesis after 25/02/2014. If the post-doctoral researcher has one or more children, this deadline is brought forward by one year per child.
  • Who started their post-doctoral research before 25/02/2019, when the call for applications was issued,

Eligible Regions: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Democratic Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial, Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion,, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Benefits:

  • 15 grants of € 10,000 each, will be granted to 15 African PhD students enrolled in a Sub-Saharan African doctoral studies institute and completing their doctorate in a research laboratory.
  • 5 grants of € 15,000 each, will be granted to 5 African postdoctoral researchers working in a laboratory or research institute registered in one of the region’s countries.

Location: Online

Application Procedure:

  • Applications can be only made through the online platform www.forwomeninscience.com by the candidates themselves.
  • An application is considered complete only if it includes all documents below
  • Certified copies of the degrees or recent diplomas.
  • Proof of having obtained a PhD. degree for postdoctoral candidates.
  • Proof of being enrolled in a Sub-Saharan African doctoral study for doctoral candidates.
  • A detailed project of a maximum of 2 pages, including:
    – The project description of the current research project
    – The proposed use of the grant motivating the candidature with some budget
    indications. Provide insight into what the grant will be used for (e.g. conferences,
    travel or equipment).
  • Letters of recommendation from the research supervisor and/or the director of the
    scientific institution where the research project is carried or the Dean of the
    University under which the candidate is running her research
  • The list of publications and patents

Deadline:April 29, 2019

To Apply: Click Here 

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