Accra, March 15, GNA
– The L’oreal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO, has launched the 2019
Edition of the Women in Science Programme to increase the share of Sub-Sahara
African women in scientific research globally.
A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Mrs Catherine Abadji of the Communications Department of the Foundation, explained that the programme, over the past 20 years, had supported and recognised accomplished women researchers and encouraged more young women to pursue careers in the sciences.
It said the Foundation had rewarded almost 3,000 young women scientists through 102 international laureates, 45 national and five regional programmes around the world.
Last year, it said, a Ghanaian woman, Dr Priscilla Kolibea Mante of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, emerged the winner.
The statement said 20 grants would be offered for the Sub-Sahara African Region, comprising 10,000 Euros for PhD and 15,000 Euros for Post-doctorate programmes.
It said L’oreal had been working with Ghanaian women for over 20 years at different levels and creating jobs through the value chain.
It quoted Mr Sekou Coulibaly, the Country Manager of L’oreal West Africa, as saying: “The women in science programme is, therefore, a means of supporting women to attain the highest academic laurels in the sciences and I urge Ghanaian women scientists and doctorate students to apply for the fellowship.”
The statement also quoted Mr Tahirou Gourouza, the Programme Manager of the L’oreal Foundation, as saying: “At L’oreal, 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, an applicant must be a national of a Sub-Saharan African country, work in a research laboratory or institution or be enrolled in a doctoral programme at a University in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The fellow must be pursuing research in a field of life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, the statement said.
It encouraged Ghanaian female scientists, science students and lecturers to subscribe to the programme.
The programme, aligned with the mandate of UNESCO, is to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture.
The statement urged interested persons to apply online via www.forwomeninscience.com, adding that one could choose from the three programmes - Laureates, Rising talents and Fellowship - depending on eligibility.
The event was attended by renowned Ghanaian female scientists and female student scientists including Professor Esi Awuah, the Foundation Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani.GNA