United Kingdom and Ireland - 2022 Call for Application

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United Kingdom and Ireland - 2022 Call for Application

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.

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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.

The programme is run in partnership between L’Oréal UK and Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society.


What are the 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)
  • December 6, 2021 Start of the call for application/nomination
  • January 20, 2022 Beginning of evaluation of applications
  • May 19, 2022 Candidates' final selection

Program Overview

  • The UK National Commission for UNESCO
  • The Royal Society
Award(s) of the Prize
  • 5 endowments
Amount per endowment
  • £15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland)
Main eligibility criteria
  • 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.
Selection criteria
  1. Intellectual Metit of Candidate
    • Academic records
    • Ability to interpret and communicate research findings
    • Evidence of originality, initiative and productivity
    • Strong recommendation in a reference letter
  2. Clearly articulates research proposal
    • The relevance of the research and its impact
    • The originality of the research proposal
    • The proposal should be presented in a clear and compelling way
  3. How the rising talent award will enhance the candidate's career and/or assist with a successful return to sciencntific research
    • Whether the candidate has made a convincing case for the difference that this award will make to her
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L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Rising Talent Alumnae (2007 - 2021)

Find a list of alumnae of the UK & Ireland Rising Talent Programme since 2007

2022 Call for Applications

4th January 2022 - Deadline for applications extended to 20th January 2022

2021 Rising Talent Fellows

15th September 2021 - Five scientists have been awarded the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Rising Talent Awards

2021 Rising Talent Shortlist

5th August 2021 - Ten women scientists have been shortlisted for the 2021 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Rising Talent Awards

2021 Ambassador Fund Winners

17th June 2021 - Five women scientists been awarded grants to promote science through outreach and public engagement activities.