Created in 1998, the International Awards L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science honors - every year - 5 eminent women scientists from 5 regions of the world. Alternating every other year, these exceptional researchers are rewarded for their important contributions to the progress of science, either in Life sciences or in the fields of Physical sciences, Mathematics and Computer science. An award of €100,000 is given to each of the five laureates selected by a jury of internationally renowned experts.
- Be recognized for their scientific excellence by the international scientific community,
- Be actively involved in scientific research,
- Work in any field of the Life and Environmental Sciences mentioned in appendix 1, of the rules and regulations
- There is no age constraint regarding the candidate
Selection criteria include the following:
- The candidate’s outstanding contribution to the general advancement of science,
- The impact of the candidate's research on the current state of the relevant scientific field (number, quality and impact of publications, conference presentations, patents),
- The recognition of the candidate by peers within her discipline through publications,
- The recognition of the candidate’s commitments to education, teaching activities, mentoring and/or to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals more broadly.
Scientists around the world are invited to nominate candidates for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards.
To be considered eligible for an Award, it is necessary to be nominated in writing by an eminent scientist. Self-nominations are not eligible, nor nominations from immediate family members. Teams are not eligible for nomination.
Qualified nominators may be:
- Heads of University or Scientific Institutions,
- Members of Academies of Science,
- Holders of Research Chairs,
- Full professors
- Past For Women in Science Award Laureates,
- or, at a minimum, holders of a PhD in Science.
Nominations can only be submitted electronically through the online-dedicated platform: www.forwomeninscience.com and must be written in English.
An application is considered complete only if it includes all the following documents:
- A brief explanation of why the nominator considers the candidate eligible for the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards (200-400 words).
- A suggested quotation for the general public if the candidate is selected. This should be a concise statement (maximum of 40 words) describing the key technical or professional accomplishment for which the candidate deserves the Award. Note that the Jury will approve the final official Laureates’ statements.
- A detailed Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 to 3 pages) for the nominee. The nominator must include in the CV (or in the publications list) any reference to the candidate’s scientific social networks and/or websites (such as ResearchGate, ORCID, personal website).
- A list of all the publications of the nominee.
- A list of the most significant patents starting with the most recent one.
- A list of the 10 most significant publications in order of importance with: a brief summary explaining their significance and why they are so relevant according to the Nominator (less than 150 words by publication); the number of citations for each paper excluding auto-citations, and the impact factor of each journal, if relevant. Please, add a link to access all publications mentioned in the list. If for some of the publications the related links are not available, please upload them in pdf, if possible, or at least provide fully detailed article references including all the authors.
- Three to five letters of recommendation from eminent scientists outside the candidate’s home institution.