L’Oréal Foundation launches 2019 women in science programme

Mr Tahiriou Gourouza, fifth from left in a group photograph with some participants after the launch

The L’Oréal Foundation in partnership with UNESCO, has launched the 2019 edition of the Women in Science programme for women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa in Accra.

This year, 20 grants will be offered for the Sub-Saharan Africa region- €10 000 for PhD and €15 000 for Post-doctorate programmes respectively.

In his address, the Country Manager of L’Oréal West Africa, Mr. Sekou Coulibaly said L’Oréal has been working with Ghanaian women for the past 20 years at different levels and creating jobs through the value chain. “The women in Science programme is therefore a means of supporting women to attain the highest academic laurels in the sciences”, Mr. Coulibaly stated.

Launching the programme, the L’Oréal Foundation  Program Manager for Africa, Mr. Tahirou Gourouza said; ‘at L’Oréal, we support women at  the frontiers of science by highlighting their work and giving them the platform they deserve”.

To qualify for the award of a fellowship under the programme; “an applicant must be a national of a sub Saharan African country, work in a research laboratory or institution in one of the region’s countries or be enrolled in a doctoral programmme at a University in sub-Saharan Africa or be pursuing research in a field of life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and computer sciences”. Mr. Gourouza noted.

The Principal Programme Officer, Natural Sciences at Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Apollonius Osei-Akoto Asare said the Women in Science programme aligns with the mandate of UNESCO to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.

He commended L’Oréal Foundation for sustaining the programme over the past 20 years.

Interested persons can apply online- www.forwomeninscience.com. One can choose from the three programmes depending on eligibility. These are Laureates, rising talents and fellowship.

The event was attended by renowned Ghanaian female scientists and female student scientists including Prof Esi Awuah the Foundation Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani.

So far, the Foundation has awarded almost 3,000 young women scientists through 102 international laureates, 45 national and 5 regional programmes around the world.

Last year, for the first time, a Ghanaian woman Dr. Priscilla Kolibea Mante of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology emerged winner.