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 program began in 1998.

In the US, the For Women in Science fellowships 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 is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each that they must put towards their postdoctoral research. The program's partner, AAAS, manages the peer-review process.

Launched in 2003 as the U.S. Fellowships component of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowship program, the program aim to:

  • Raise awareness of the contribution of women to the sciences
  • Identify exceptional female researchers in the U.S. to serve as role models for younger generations

An inter-disciplinary panel of scientists reviews all applications submitted. The top candidates chosen by the review panel are then forwarded for final selection to a distinguished Jury of career scientists and former North American L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureates. 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 this year, applicants will also be evaluated in part on their commitment to supporting women and girls in science.


The US For Women in Science eligibility criteria:

  • Must have completed their Ph.D. and have started in their postdoctoral position by September 1, 2014. They must also maintain that status 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 mathematics
  • Cannot be in a faculty position
  • Must commit to at least ten hours of activity in support of women and girls in science (e.g. mentoring, classroom visits, media, events)


The 2014 L'Oréal USA for Women in Science application period is now closed.

Meet the 2014 Fellows HERE.