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L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science – NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplement

This supplement is available to you only if you are awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship  (PDF).

The $5,000 increase is applicable as of the 2016 competition.



Application Deadline April
How to Apply See below
Application Form Terms and Conditions of Applying Form (form-fillable)
For More Information See below

What is the purpose of the supplement?

Created in 1998, the international L'Oréal-UNESCO This link will take you to another Web site 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. Launched in 2003, the Canadian program recognizes promising female researchers at the doctoral and postdoctoral level.

As an extension of this program, L'Oréal Canada Inc., in collaboration with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and NSERC, offers one postdoctoral fellowship supplement annually to a Canadian woman scientist involved in a promising research project who has demonstrated exemplary involvement in science promotion, mentorship, and leadership.

Are you eligible to hold a supplement?

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 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science – NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplement.

What kind of support does this supplement provide?

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

How do you apply?

The top-ranked female 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 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science – NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Supplement. Candidates will be sent a Secure Submission site link in order to submit an application. The application will consist of:

  • a one- to two-page summary describing your career goals, academic and 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 above;
  • a signed copy of the Terms and Conditions of Applying Form;
  • your NSERC PDF application.

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

Review procedures

Applications will be evaluated by a committee composed of representatives from NSERC, L’Oréal Canada, and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Priority will be given to candidates who, through their experience, have demonstrated their willingness and aptitudes for sharing their passion for science.  

Notification of decision

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their supplement application during the month of June.

NSERC may publish the supplement recipient’s name (and other basic award information) on its website. For more information, read the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

Promotion purposes for recipient

The supplement recipient will be invited to attend the annual awards ceremony for the L’Oréal Canada For Women in Science program, supported by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. The ceremony will be held in Ottawa in November (date to be confirmed). Travel fees will be covered by NSERC and L’Oréal Canada.

Moreover, L’Oréal Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO may, from time-to-time, wish to make public (for the purposes of publicity and promotion) selected information regarding award recipients such as, but not limited to, the recipient’s name; her past and current career and research activities related to science, including place of employment and title, along with a picture of the recipient in her workplace; her current educational institution; the institution where she intends to take up the award; and the field of research funded by the award. By accepting the supplement, the recipient gives her consent to the collection, use or disclosure of her personal information related to her activities under the auspices of the supplement (as described above) to L’Oréal Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.


L’Oréal Canada and NSERC will each issue a $5,000 payment directly to the successful candidate. The payment can only be made once the recipient has activated her NSERC PDF award.


Joanna Renwick
Program Officer
Scholarships and Fellowships Division

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