Open Call: For Women in Science South Africa National Young Talents Programme

Applications are now open and will be accepted until May 19, 2024. For detailed information on the eligibility criteria and application procedures, please visit www.forwomeninscience.com.

The Foundation L’Oréal, in partnership with UNESCO, is excited to announce the sixth edition of the Women in Science Young Talent Search in South Africa. This initiative calls for outstanding female researchers under the age of 40 from diverse scientific fields—including Formal Sciences, Life Sciences, Environmental sciences, Physical sciences, Engineering and Technological sciences.to apply. The program supports innovation in vital industries and celebrates the extraordinary contributions of women in science.

The Women in Science programme highlight L’Oréal’s strong commitment to South African female scientists and its ambition to contribute to the development of scientific excellence. Aptly, our company’s ethos is to ‘Create beauty that moves the world’. L’Oréal’s partnership with UNESCO bears testament to this commitment, which is why the For Women in Science programme is underpinned by the philosophy that ‘the world needs science and science needs women’.

“At L’Oréal, we are anchored in beauty backed by science, because we deeply believe in the power of science to change the world. award: that power, we centre the crucial role women play in advancing critical innovation,” explains Michelle Gololo, Manager of Corporate Affairs & Engagement at L’Oréal South Africa “For Women in Science South Africa National Young Talents Programme, in collaboration with UNESCO, is more than just an award; it is a commitment to fostering diversity, excellence, and groundbreaking research in the scientific community.”

In line with this commitment, L’Oréal invites women in science who exhibit a steadfast commitment to advancing scientific research and innovation, to apply. This year, successful candidates will receive grants that provide substantial support for their doctoral and postdoctoral studies—doctoral grants are valued at R80,000 each, and postdoctoral grants at R160,000 each, empowering them to continue their critical and innovative work. In a sector where only 30% of science researcher are women, For Women in Science is a critical driver for inclusive innovation in the very fulcrum of innovation.

“This award is a beacon of hope and recognition for female scientists across South Africa,” shares Dr. Mapula Razwinani, the 2023 winner. “It’s not only about financial support; it’s about affirming that our work matters and that our passion for science can lead to transformative discoveries. It inspires me to dive deeper into my research with more conviction, knowing that I am backed by a global community with strong local relevance.”

Since its inception, the program has awarded grants to 32 talented researchers, providing over R3 million in financial support to fuel groundbreaking research. This initiative continues to tackle the significant gender gap in the region, thereby fostering diversity and excellence throughout South Africa.

Applications are now open and will be accepted until May 19, 2024. For detailed information on the eligibility criteria and application procedures, please visit www.forwomeninscience.com.

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