“The world needs science… Science needs women”
“I must congratulate all these women scientists who have made key contributions to science across all disciplines, particularly health and life science.’ -Dr. Nabiel Saleh
“We received so many applications of such high quality the job of the jury was a difficult one.” -Dr. Nabiel Saleh

This conviction led to the creation of the ambitious L’OREAL- UNESCO ‘For Women in Science’ program in 1998, with two key goals:

  1. To consecrate excellence through the L’OREAL- UNESCO Awards. 
    Launched in 1998, these prestigious distinctions are awarded annually to five leading women researchers, one per continent, to create exception role models for generations to come.

  2. To encourage talent through the L’OREAL-UNESCO Fellowships. 
These Fellowships take two forms:
  • International Fellowships, which have been granted annually since 2000 to fifteen promising young women scientists, at doctorate or post-doctorate level, to encourage international scientific cooperation and develop cross-cultural networks.

  • Regional Fellowships, which anchor the program in countries around the world, respecting local cultures and their specific needs. In this region we have the Pan-Arab Fellowships, which offer ten fellowships to women from the following seventeen countries:  Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Each new fellow will receive 15,000 Euros in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of science.

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