Grant Name: NSERC and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Supplement





April (date will be announced only to those who have been invited to apply)


Created in 1998, the international  L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program aims to improve the position of women in science by recognizing outstanding women researchers who have contributed to scientific progress, and young women scientists engaged in exemplary and promising projects. The Canadian program, launched in 2003, recognizes promising woman researchers at the doctoral and postdoctoral level.

As an extension of this program, NSERC and L’Oréal Canada, in collaboration with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, offer one $10,000 supplement annually to a woman involved in a promising research project who has been awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF), and who has demonstrated exemplary involvement in science promotion, mentorship, and leadership.


To hold this supplement, you must

  • be a woman
  • be awarded, and accept, an NSERC PDF
  • take up the NSERC PDF award in Canada
  • be invited to apply for the NSERC and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science supplement

How to Apply?

The top-ranked woman candidate from each Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee who is awarded and accepts an NSERC PDF will be invited, via email in March, to apply for the NSERC and L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science supplement. If you receive and accept the invitation, you will be sent a secure submission site link, where you can submit your application. The application will consist of

  • a one- to two-page summary describing your: (i) career goals; (ii) academic research in lay terms (200 words maximum); and (iii) extracurricular activities that demonstrate your interest and involvement in science promotion and mentorship and leadership skills*
  • a letter of support from your current supervisor describing why you are suitable for this supplement and giving testimony to your abilities as described in your summary
  • a signed copy of the Terms and conditions of applying form

*Note: Links to websites (if applicable) may be included to demonstrate involvement in science promotion.

Your application must be submitted to NSERC before 8:00 p.m. (ET) on the deadline date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Funding Amount

NSERC and L’Oréal Canada will supplement the successful candidate’s NSERC PDF award by $10,000 ($5,000 from NSERC and $5,000 from L’Oréal Canada) for one year. One supplement is offered annually.

Contact Information

Scholarships and Fellowships division

Virginie Hotte-Dupuis
Manager, External Communications and Philanthropy
L’Oréal Canada

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