Female scientists eligible for inaugural $25,000 award

Australasia’s premier women in science award is expanding with the addition of a NZ$25,000 fellowship specifically for early-career female scientists in New Zealand.

In 2015 the L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowship programme comprises four $25,000 awards, three for Australian scientists and one dedicated to a Kiwi.

The addition of an inaugural dedicated New Zealand Fellowship boosts the total grants in Australia and New Zealand to around $100,000. Previously scientists from both countries competed for A$75,000 in grants.

The L’Oréal For Women in Science Fellowships have been open to New Zealanders only since 2012 when University of Otago, Christchurch, senior lecturer Dr Suetonia Palmer was awarded a fellowship.

Applications for the inaugural $25,000 L’Oréal New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowship are now open and close on 7 April.

Like other L’Oréal Fellowships awarded around the world, the New Zealand Fellowship is intended to help early career female scientists to consolidate their careers, bridge the gender gap and rise to leadership positions in science.

It is available to female researchers who are five years post their PhDs and who have shown excellence in their careers.

Funds from the fellowship can be used to help finance scientific research including the costs of assistants, materials, travel, conferences and even childcare.

New Zealand jury members are science consultant, Dr Di McCarthy and University of Auckland distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble.

Five leading Australian scientists are also appointed to the jury.

In assessing the applicants the jury is looking for women who exhibit leadership skills, independence in their achievements and who have an outstanding track record.

Young women scientists can enter by completing an online application

The award ceremony will be in Sydney on 8 September.



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