Colombia - 2021 Call for application

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Colombia - 2021 Call for application

The L'ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has been working in Colombia for more than 20 years to recognise and promote the work of women in science. In its twelfth edition, it will recognise seven Colombian women scientists for their great contributions in this field, through the results achieved in the research projects submitted. To date, 44 women have been recognized in Colombia, and this year the awards will be COP$40 million each. This commitment to gender equality from science, has the leadership of L'Oréal Group, Minciencias and ICETEX, convinced that the world needs science and science needs women.

Find out more about the next edition of the Colombian national program.


What are the key dates of the program?

  • June 1, 2021 Start of the call for application/nomination
  • August 1, 2021 Beginning of evaluation of applications
  • November 14, 2021 Candidates' final selection

Program Overview


Minciencias and ICETEX

Award(s) of the Prize

Seven (7) awards

Amount per endowment

COP$40 million

Main eligibility criteria
  • Candidates must be pursuing doctoral studies or a postdoctoral stay (at least one year), or have a doctoral degree and be conducting research at the postdoctoral level.
  • Working in Colombia
  • Research experience and track record
  • Originality and quality of the research project (contribution to society).
  • Candidates must have a contract in a research center.
Selection criteria
  • Training and trajectory of the researchers: Experience and research trajectory of the researchers involved in the proposal, the scientific, technical and technological capacities that ensure the suitability to execute the proposal presented.
  • Scientific quality of the initiative or research project: Argumentative quality of the justification, objectives, methodological design and structure of the technical processes proposed to achieve the general objective of the initiative or projects and that it is aligned with the country's development objectives. Articulation of the initiative or research project with the activities described in the proposal.
  • Relevance of the proposal: Identification of the hypothesis, concept, method, process or innovative solution that the project intends to contribute to the solution of the need or problem posed and its relevance to the country.
Initial launch date
June 1, 2021
Total number of endowments awarded since launch

Information document(s)

Rules and Regulations

For more information, download the 2021 rules of the Colombian Young Talents program: Colombia_2021 Rules and regulation