As part of the programme, ten inspiring women scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa have been honoured for their work in the scientific field and awarded fellowships of €15 000 to put towards their PhD research.
- Chika Yinka-Banjo (
- Joyce Mwangama (
- Fortune Somiari Amah-Tariah (
- Mpho Ivy Raborife (
The scientific research areas being covered by this year's fellows are varied, and include studies in the fields of nanotechnology/materials science, computer science, hydrology, human physiology, chemistry and natural products chemistry, genetics and the relatively new and emerging scientific field of quantum biology.
The L'OrÉal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships for Women in Science in sub-Saharan Africa is open to all women scientists up to age 40 across sub-Saharan Africa who are working towards their PhD in all fields of science. It was first piloted in 2010, when five female scientists were awarded fellowships worth €15
"Not only is it anticipated that this will increase their active involvement and contribution to the sciences, but it will also enable women to positively impact social and economic progress in various ways, such as through addressing climate change and public health issues, for example. We believe the women we assist have the potential to make great strides in the field of science; in fact, two of the beneficiaries of our global programme have gone on to win Nobel prizes," he says.
A stronger footprint
"This year we received 158 applications from all over sub-Saharan Africa, with our ten fellows coming from
The L'OrÉal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships for Women in Science in Sub-Saharan Africa is organised in conjunction with
Regional fellowships such as this one are a natural extension of the international programme, and aim to broaden the reach of the foundation and support even more women in achieving their goals in the world of science. The regional programme for sub-Saharan Africa was officially launched in 2009 in conjunction with ANSTI. A similar programme exists in the Arab States.
The fellowship programme also aims to increase the representation of women in global scientific circles, creating role models for future female generations. In 2009, two previous FWIS laureates were awarded Nobel Prizes in chemistry and medicine, bearing testimony to the impact of the foundation's influence on scientific research.
For more, go to www.forwomeninscience.com
All rights reserved.
Most Popular Stories
- Twitter Coming to Phones Without Internet
- Entravision Initiates Quarterly Cash Dividend
- Amanda Bynes Enrolls in California's FIDM
- Warner Bros. Unleashes 'Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' Merchandise
- Shanghai Smog Forces Factory Shutdowns
- Obamacare Doing Just Fine, Ky. Governor Says
- How to Arm Yourself Against CryptoLocker Virus
- Eagle Deaths OK'd for Wind Power
- Consistent Hiring Points to Stronger Economy Ahead
- How Monthly Jobs Reports Move the Markets' Needle