L’Oréal USA For Women In Science Program

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 55 post-doctoral women scientists over $2 million in grants since 2003.


L'Oreal USA FWIS Fellowship
L'Oreal USA FWIS Fellowship

Today, people are living longer, happier, and more productive lives than ever before thanks to scientific innovation. From life-saving vaccines to sustainable energy development, science is making the world better for everyone. As innovation becomes a way of life, we know that jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are the jobs of tomorrow. But today, women only make up 24 percent of STEM workers in the United States, only 14 percent of the country’s engineers and 27 percent of computer science professionals. Without appropriate female representation, the potential STEM innovations of tomorrow will be missing half of the talent in our world.

Innovation has been at the core of L’Oréal’s philosophy since we were founded by a scientist more than 100 years ago. And, quite simply, we depend on the contributions women make in the field. In fact, 70% of L’Oréal’s scientists and innovators are women. Through our For Women in Science program, L’Oréal seeks to recognize and reward women scientists around the world at critical stages of their career. More than 2,000 scientists in over 100 countries have been recognized since the global program began in 1998.

In the US, the For Women in Science fellowship program specifically recognizes women post-doctoral scientists for their contributions in STEM fields and for their commitment to serving as role models for younger generations.

We do this out of a simple belief: the world needs science, and science needs women.


The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers for their outstanding contributions in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research. Launched in 2003, the program is the U.S. component of the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships. The program's U.S. partner, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), manages the peer-review and selection process.

Candidates are evaluated using a two phase review process. In the first round, applications are evaluated by experienced scientists in the candidates' respective fields. In the second round, a distinguished Jury of eminent scientists and former North American L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureates evaluates the top ranked candidates and selects the five winners. The Jury seeks candidates with exceptional academic records and intellectual merit, clearly articulated research proposals with the potential for scientific advancement and outstanding letters of recommendation from advisers. New to the program since 2014, applicants are also evaluated on their commitment to supporting other women and girls in science.


The US For Women in Science eligibility criteria:

Must have a conferred PhD and have started in a postdoctoral research position by July 1, 2015

Must maintain the status of postdoctoral researcher throughout the fellowship year

Must be American born, naturalized citizen or permanent resident

Must be affiliated with a U.S. based academic or research institution

Must plan to conduct their postdoctoral studies and research in the U.S.

Must be involved in basic research in the life and physical/material sciences, engineering & technology, computer science and/or mathematics

Cannot be in a faculty position

Must commit to at least twenty hours of activity in support of women and girls in science (e.g. mentoring, classroom visits, media, events)


The 2015 L'Oréal USA for Women in Science application period will open on February 2, 2015 and will close on March 20, 2015. The application can be found on AAAS's secure online server HERE.

Meet the 2014 Fellows HERE.