You may have heard of the ‘For Women in Science’ awards and fellowships offered by UNESCO in partnership with L’Oréal. These prizes are awarded to women who have demonstrated excellence as researchers, communicators and leaders within their scientific fields.
Right now, there is an opportunity for one NZ female PhD student in a scientific field (alongside four from Australia) to be mentored by ‘For Women in Science’ Fellows.
Female PhD students are invited to apply now to join the six-month mentoring programme. In addition to receiving mentoring, the chosen mentees will be invited to attend the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science ceremony in November, with travel expenses fully covered by L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand.
The closing date for applications from mentees is Friday 10th April.
To be eligible as a mentee, applicants must:
- Be currently enrolled as a PhD student (either full-time or part-time) at an Australian or New Zealand university or research institute.
- Have completed at least 1 year of their PhD (or received confirmation of candidature).
- Work within scientific fields including life sciences (including medical sciences), physical sciences, computer science, engineering and mathematics. Psychology, science education and social sciences are not eligible for this mentoring program.
PhD candidates will be selected based on the following key selection criteria:
- Clearly identified strengths and weaknesses.
- Addressing any relevant ambitions or goals for your future and how a mentor could facilitate your success in achieving these.
For more information about the For Women in Science programme and this mentoring opportunity, please visit their website.