07.09.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women (FWIS) in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Jury meets to select 2017 Women in Science Award Winners

2016 FWIS Award winners

In 2010, L'Oréal in partnership with UNESCO instituted a regional fellowship programme in recognition of outstanding mid-career women scientists and engineers in their pursuit for their Doctoral and Postdoctoral high impact studies/research in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the Regional L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science (FWIS) fellowship awards is to ensure these distinguished scientists and engineers complete their work and effectively contribute to solving key challenges in Africa.

This year on the 6th of July the International Jury met to deliberate on over 370 applications to select the 2017 award winners  from varied Life and Physical Sciences, comprising biology, genetics, physiology, neurosciences, biotechnologies, ecology and; physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering sciences, information sciences, space and earth sciences.  From the keenly contested applications, the Jury selected 12 winners in the Doctoral category to receive a fellowship of €5 000.00 each  to pursue their PhD studies while in the Post-Doctoral  category two successful applicants were selected to receive a Fellowship grant of €10 000.00 each for their research work.  

L’Oréal-UNESCO FWIS Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowship has gained high recognition in Africa as the number of applications keep growing over the years from 50 in 2010 to a total of 370 from 26 African countries this year.  This year’s awards would bring the total of FWIS-SSA to 82 PhDs and 10 Post-Doctoral Fellowships.

For the past 18 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science programme has encouraged, promoted and honoured women scientists all over the world. More than 2,500 researchers from 112 countries have been distinguished for their extraordinary discoveries and supported at key moments in their careers.

Impacting the lives of people around the planet, their discoveries are offering new solutions and answering vital questions. Their ground breaking innovation is advancing entire fields of research and even opening new ones. The fellow’s work and research is contributing to curing diseases, increasing food supplies, enabling sustainable development, helping ensure the survival of our planet to better understand our universe, and adding to our knowledge of the very foundations of life. 

For more information, please contact: p.oti-boateng(at)unesco.org or h.gijzen(at)unesco.org.  




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