RULES AND REGULATIONS L OREAL UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE SUB-SAHARAN FELLOWSHIPS

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1 RULES AND REGULATIONS L OREAL UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE SUB-SAHARAN FELLOWSHIPS 1. Introduction The L Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowships aims to promote and encourage young African women in science. This program identifies and rewards talented young female scientists in the field of Life Sciences (such as biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, physiology, neurosciences, biotechnologies, ecology and ethology) as well as Physical Sciences (such as physics, chemistry, petroleum engineering, mathematics, engineering sciences, information sciences, and earth and universe sciences). The Program honors every year, 14 talented African women for the quality of their research and encourages them to pursue a brilliant career in science in any Sub-Saharan African country (Appendix 1). 12 Fellowships of 5,000 each, will be granted to 12 African Ph.D. Students enrolled in an African University. 2 Fellowships of 10,000 each, will be granted to 2 African postdoctoral researchers working in a laboratory or research institute registered in one of the region s countries. 2 out of the 14 Fellowships, one at doctorate and one at post-doctorate level, will be given to South African women working or studying in South Africa. The L Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowships are granted by the L Oréal Foundation and L Oréal South Africa in partnership with the UNESCO Multi-Sectoral Office in Eastern Africa and the African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI). 2. Eligibility Criteria Applicants must meet the following general criteria: Having obtained Ph.D. degree in Life or Physical Sciences or pursuing studies leading to a Ph.D. degree Having the nationality of a Sub-Saharan African country Working in a Research Laboratory or Institution in one of the region s countries or being enrolled in a doctoral programme at a University in Sub-Saharan Africa Candidates must be no more than 40 years old by the end of the application period for PhD and not more than 45 years for Post-doctoral.

2 3. Selection Criteria The selection criteria of the candidate by the jury are the following: The candidate s outstanding academic records (including number, quality and impact of the publications (impact factors to be submitted), conference presentations, patents ) The scientific quality of the research project The innovative nature and productivity of the research and its potential application in science The ability of the candidate to communicate and promote sciences to a younger audience and to encourage young African female scientists. The candidate s career-path Fellowships are exclusively dedicated to the development of scientific research and can under no circumstance be a substitute to the duties of the laboratory vis-à-vis its researchers. Fellowships are non-renewable and can be combined with other research grants. 4. Candidatures Applications can be only made through the online platform by the candidates themselves. An application is considered complete only if it includes all documents below: A detailed Curriculum Vitae (including outreach activities among youth, tutoring, etc.) Certified copies of the degrees or recent diplomas A proof of having obtained a Ph.D. degree for postdoctoral candidates A proof of being enrolled in an African University for doctoral candidates A detailed project of maximum 2 pages, including: o The research project description o The proposed use of the grant motivating the candidature with some budget indications Letters of recommendation from the research supervisor and/or the director of the scientific institution where the research project is carried or the Dean of the University under which the candidate is running her research The list of publications and patents Incomplete files or received after the deadline for application, as well as candidatures that do not meet the requirements mentioned above, will not be taken into consideration. 5. Fellows Selection Candidates will be selected by the For Women in Science Jury chaired by the President of the Jury, Professor Jill Farrant. The results will be communicated by telephone and to the 14 Fellows after the Jury s deliberation. The results must remain confidential until the Fellowship ceremony.

3 The decision of the jury cannot be contested or subject to explanation or justification. 6. Fellows Commitment Fellows commit to: - Pursue the research work for which the L Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub- Saharan Africa Fellowship was obtained, failing that, the total amount of the Fellowship must be refunded to L Oréal. - Within one year after receiving their Fellowships, Fellows are expected to submit a status report on the awarded research project to L Oréal South Africa. - Within one year after receiving their fellowships, Fellows are expected to submit to L Oréal South Africa a final financial expenditure statement on the actual Fellowship expenditure incurred on the Research Project. - The awarded Fellows will be expected to attend the Fellowship Ceremony that will be held in Johannesburg. Attendance is mandatory. The travel and accommodation expenses for Fellows will be covered by L Oréal South Africa. The payment of the fellowships will be made directly to the Fellows after the Fellowship Ceremony, and after having received the original documents for the wire transfer of funds. (i.e. An original signed letter on official bank letterhead from your bank attesting your bank and wire transfer details). The Fellowships are not transferable for any other purpose whatsoever. 7. Communication Fellows shall mention the Fellowship in all related communications under the name L Oréal- UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowship, in all publications and other forms of media communication, including media appearances, press releases and conferences, that result from or are in any way connected to the Research project wherever possible. Fellows should inform L Oréal South Africa of any publications and other forms of media communication as above. Fellows agree to be photographed, filmed and interviewed for non-commercial objectives and For Women in Science program-related purposes. These photos, videos and texts will be used in publications and audiovisual means including but not limited to written press, television, internet, photographs and brochures including distribution to the media in Sub-Saharan Africa and worldwide. A separate written authorization shall be signed by each of the Fellows. The Fellows will not receive any remuneration for such promotional activity.

4 8. Provisional Timetable Programme stage Dates Call for applications Monday, 29 th February 2016 Closing date Friday, 29 th April 2016 Open Platform for adjudicators Monday, 2 nd May 2016 Close Platform for adjudicators Monday, 23 rd May 2016 Open Platform for Jury members Monday, 30 th May 2016 Close Platform for Jury members Monday, 27 th June 2016 Jury Deliberation meeting Monday, 4 th July, 2016 Ceremony date TBC 9. Rules and Regulations Applying to L Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowships implies agreeing to these Rules and Regulations.

5 South Africa Angola Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Cameroon Cape Verde Central African Republic Comoros Congo Côte d'ivoire Djibouti Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon Gambia Ghana Guinea Equatorial Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kenya Lesotho Liberia Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritius Mauritania Mozambique Namibia Níger Nigeria Uganda Democratic Republic of the Congo Rwanda Sao Tomé & Principe Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone Somalia Sudan South Sudan Swaziland Tanzania Chad Togo Zambia Zimbabwe APPENDIX 1

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