International Award „For Women in Science“- Call for Applications

For Women in Science is the successful global cooperation of UNESCO and L’Oréal.  Together, these two partners have promoted women in science since 1998 – strengthening the excellence of research, fostering gender equality and highlighting the visibility of women in research („role models“).

For Women in Science Germany promotes four female early-career scientists working in Germany each year – with an award worth 25,000 Euros. In Germany, the partners are the German Commission for UNESCO, L’Oréal Deutschland and the German Humboldt Network (from 2006 until 2022, the Christiane Nüsslein Volhard Foundation had been a partner). In an innovative tripartite partnership, these partners are committed to promoting excellent female scientists in German science.

For Women in Science Germany is guided by the criteria and modalities outlined below to realise the objectives of the cooperation in Germany.

Partners: German Commission for UNESCO & Deutsches Humboldt Netzwerk e.V.

Award(s) of the Prize: 4 awards per year

Amount per endowment: € 25,000

Main eligibility criteria

  • Work as post-docs, habilitation candidates or junior professors in the four+two years following the doctorate (or in the final year of the doctorate, if a scholarship or contract for the postdoc phase has already been granted)
  • Have already an employment contract/fellowship equivalent to at least 50% of a full-time position (remaining duration of the contract/scholarship at least 12 months from the submission of the application)
  • Work at a German university, university of applied sciences, or non-university public research institution.
  • Work in STEM disciplines (interpreted in a wide understanding, e.g. agricultural sciences, informatics, geosciences, medicine are all included)
  • The application of researchers with an inter- and transdisciplinary research profile is strongly encouraged
  • The application of researchers with children is strongly encouraged.
  • The nationality of the researcher is not relevant. (for non-EU citizens: If not clear from the work contract, a valid residence permit in Germany for at least 12 months from the submission of the application is required)

Selection criteria

  • Excellence of the applicant’s current and past research (not only in terms of quantitative criteria for excellence, cp. DORA declaration)
  • Originality and feasibility of the project and its methodological structure 
  • Contribution to the Third Missionof Science

Closing date: April 30, 2024.

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