L'Oréal USA For Women In Science grant

Jan 26 2016 Published by under Uncategorized

L’Oréal USA For Women In Science Program is a program for postdoc fellowships for women. I've had a couple of applicants over the years but none ever funded (and never any feedback on why they were not funded, unfortunately).

From the website:


The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships. Celebrating its twelfth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 60 postdoctoral women scientists nearly $3 million in grants.

L’Oréal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to manage the program’s application and peer-review process. Each year, the program attracts talented applicants from diverse STEM fields, representing some of the nation’s leading academic institutions and laboratories.

Here is a link to download the FAQ. And a link to the application page.

This is a grant for US Citizens/perm residents to work in the US. The Eligibility Criteria are:

Must have a conferred PhD and have started in a postdoctoral research position by December 31, 2015

Must maintain the status of postdoctoral researcher throughout the fellowship year

Must be American born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident

Must be affiliated with a U.S. based academic or research institution

Must plan to conduct their postdoctoral studies and research in the U.S.

Must be involved in basic research in the life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and mathematics

Cannot be in a faculty position

Must commit to at least twenty hours of activity in support of women and girls in science (e.g. mentoring, classroom visits, media, events)

Must be available the week of October 4-7, 2016 for the For Women in Science Awards Week





4 responses so far

  • Anonymous says:

    Why is an undergrad transcript relevant for a fellowship for *postdocs*?! Perhaps this keeps people out who weren't early stars?

    • potnia theron says:

      I doubt *this* keeps anyone out. The success rate is very small (I think they give 6 of these across all scientific disciplines). Its one way of keeping people honest about where they matriculated.

      • Anonymous says:

        "Its one way of keeping people honest about where they matriculated."

        Proof of diploma is not the same thing as a transcript.

        I bet there are at least a few candidates with less than stellar grades who look at this and tell themselves, "why bother"?

  • Collheesi says:

    I graduated from undergrad 11 years ago and still have to provide a transcript for pretty much everything I do. Sometimes I only have to do my grad transcripts, but most of the time they want everything from everywhere I've been. Husband is a postdoc and has had to do the same at both places he's worked so far.

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