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L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Programme Call for Nominations for the International Awards 2022

Deadline: 31.05.2021 Other calls

The 2022 edition of the Awards will designate five outstanding scientific researchers in the life and environmental sciences. Each of the five Laureates will receive an award of €100,000 for her contribution to advances in scientific research at a ceremony to be held in March 2022

Scientists around the world are invited to nominate candidates for the 2022 Awards, and an international jury of eminent scientists makes the final selection. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, 31 May 2021 through the dedicated online platform: www.forwomeninscience.com.

The platform is the only tool for submitting candidates’ applications and monitoring the selection process. No paper applications will be accepted.  Nominators will have to sign into the platform and upload all the necessary documents in order to submit the candidate’s application. Following the implementation of a new application platform, nominators of previous editions will be asked to reset their password when they first log in, for data security reasons and in accordance with the GDPR. New nominators will need to create a user id and password.

The 2022 edition of the Awards will designate five outstanding scientific researchers in the field of Life and Environmental Sciences, working in thefollowing regions:

  • Africa & the Arab States
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • North America

One candidate will be selected for each of the five regions, the determining factor being the place of work for at least 5 years, not the nationality of the candidate.

Each of the five Laureates will receive an Award of €100,000.

Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must:

  • Be recognized for her 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,

For your information, there is no age constraint regarding the candidate.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria of the candidates are 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.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards are non-renewable.


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 maybe:

  • 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 inScience.

Nominations can only be submitted electronically through the online-dedicated platform www.forwomeninscience.com, and must be written in English.

Having a new application platform, previous nominators will be asked to reset their password the first time they will log in for data security reasons (in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation). If new to the system, the nominator will need to create a user ID and password.

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). 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.
Editor by Sabine Breiderhoff, DLR Projektträger Countries / organization: Germany UNESCO Topic: Higher Education Basic Research Life Sciences

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