Supporting role models and fellowship opportunities

UNESCO encourages all qualified women scientists and science students working in the broad area of climate science to apply for funding through the following vehicles:

For Women in Science programme: a pioneering programme for the promotion of women in science

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Prof. Segenet Kelemu, 2014 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards Laureate for Africa and the Arab States, in the lab with her team.

Since 1998, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme (FWIS) has encouraged, promoted and celebrated outstanding women scientists all over the world. Each year, FWIS recognizes five leading women scientists, one from each world region, who have made great advances in scientific research, and grants fellowships to 236 promising young women scientists at doctoral or post-doctoral level. Since the establishment of the FWIS programme, over 2,253 talented young women have been distinguished in 111 countries, permitting them to pursue their research in renowned institutions at home and abroad. In addition, FWIS has recently established the International Rising Talents programme, designed to accelerate even further the advancement and the recognition of young women in science globally.

Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World

Elsevier Foundation,
Women Scientists in the Developing World award

The Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World are designed to promote and celebrate the achievements of women scientists in the early stages of their careers, with the objective of creating role models for girls to identify with and follow.

The awards were launched in 2012 by the Elsevier Foundation, the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS), which operates under the administrative umbrella of UNESCO, and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), a network supported by UNESCO.

Initiative for Women Marine Scientists

Ruby Moothien Pillay and colleagues of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute at work at sea.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) is committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in ocean science, to assure that women and men enjoy the same status and have equal opportunities to realize their full human rights and potential. Women who have dedicated their lives to marine sciences and to the protection of the marine environment have agreed to share their stories, and to help us understand how IOC-UNESCO can work together with them in the promotion of gender equality. Through this project, the Commission hopes to encourage young women to pursue careers in science and in particular, science related to the ocean.



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