Women in Science Rising Talent Programme

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The L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women in Science Rising Talent Programme offers awards to promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland.

Since 2007, each year five women post-doctoral researchers are awarded a grant worth £15,000 (equivalent € in Ireland). The awards have been designed to provide flexible and practical financial support for winners to spend on scientific equipment, paying for childcare, travel costs or indeed whatever they need to continue their research.


  • Candidates must identify as female postdoctoral level researchers who have already been awarded their research doctorate in the fields of life science, physical sciences, mathematics and computing, engineering or sustainable development.
  • Candidates must have no more than 10 years’ active full-time equivalent postdoctoral experience (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry).
  • Candidates must not currently hold a permanent academic post, or have ever held a permanent academic post in the past, or have received, before the start date of the award, the promise of a permanent academic post.
  • Candidates must be undertaking research in the fields of life science, physical sciences, mathematics and computing, engineering or sustainable development.
  • Psychology, science education and social sciences are not eligible for this Award.
  • Candidates must be conducting their research at a UK or Irish university or research institute.
  • Candidates can be a citizen of any country, but must already have a confirmed position at a university or institute within the UK or Ireland. This contract must cover the 12-month period of the award.
  • Candidates must be residing within the UK or Ireland at the time of application. Applications are welcome from candidates who wish to establish/re-establish themselves after a career break or other period of absence from active research or where the candidate is establishing a research career as a mature entrant or after experience in other fields

Key Dates

  • Applications open: 6th December 2021 – 20th January 2022
  • Reader assessment: January – February 2022
  • Jury assessment: March – April 2022
  • Interview day: w/c 2nd May 2022
  • Awards reception: May 2022 (Date TBC)

Full details here


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