To ensure greater participation of women in science, the "For Women in Science" programme, which was created in 1998 by L’Oréal and UNESCO, aims to encourage, recognise and support female scientists throughout their careers through awards and fellowships. Every year, 5 accomplished researchers receive awards and 15 young women are encouraged through an international fellowship that allows them to further their research abroad. In addition to these international fellowships, regional and national programmes allow other young women to continue their scientific research in their country of origin. In all, every year, over 200 women scientists are supported by the L’Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" programme.
In the same spirit as these prestigious awards, a Special Fellowship "in the footsteps of Marie Curie" was created in 2011. With this fellowship, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO intend to acknowledge the scientific excellence and commitment of a woman who, in the ten years since receiving a UNESCO-L’Oréal International Fellowship, has pursued an outstanding career in scientific research.
Marcia Roye, PhD in molecular virology, Professor of Biotechnology at the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, was the first recipient of this Special Fellowship. Her research into geminiviruses, which are crop-destroying insect-borne viruses, make her a model for the young people around her and a source of hope for the scientific community.
At the age of 42, Marcia Roye is at a critical point in her career: she has extensive experience to her credit but has not yet earned the professional recognition she deserves.Through the Special Fellowship, the Foundation aims to demonstrate its commitment to supporting and promoting the women in the programme.
Through the addition of the Special Fellowship, the"For Women in Science" programme can be defined as concentrating on three areas of action: consecration of scientific excellence and role models through 5 international awards, recognition of commitment and achievement at mid-career with the Special Fellowship "in the footsteps of Marie Curie", commitment to supporting and promoting the scientists and international exchanges through the international, regional and national fellowships.
- 13 years of existence
- 1,272 acknowledged scientists
- 67 L’Oréal-UNESCO Award Winners
- 2 Nobel Prizes awarded to former fellowship recipients
- 104 countries represented
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