L'Oreal Gives Women in Science a Chance at a Grant of Php 400,000
The year is drawing to a close and as we look for more ways to end 2018 with a bang, L’Oreal welcomes nominations of Filipino women researchers and scientists who are PhD holders for the opportunity to become a National Fellow and win a grant of P400,000.
L’Oréal’s For Women In Science (FWIS) is a global program in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). With the aim of supporting and recognizing women researchers who have dedicated their work in finding solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, FWIS returns to the Philippines.
Nominations are open starting this November until March 2019. To join, interested parties may visit www.forwomeninscience.com.
Carmel Valencia, L’Oréal Philippines’ Corporate Communications Manager shares, “Our commitment to science, and our belief in recognizing women scientists and their outstanding achievements are manifested in our For Women In Science initiative. We want to ensure that research in every field takes full advantage of the intelligence, creativity, and passion of women. Our fundamental belief is that the world needs science and science needs women, because women in science have the power to change the world.”
Chemical Oceanographer Dr. Charissa Ferrera was awarded the National Fellowship last June for her work on the education and advocacy of water quality improvement and more sustainable practices in the waters of Anda and Bolinao. Five months after winning the program, Ferrera continues to work alongside science communicators, social scientists, and local government units to improve the fisherfolks’ environment and their livelihood.
“The program provided me with a truly great opportunity to take my research, apply it in communities where it will be most useful in, and create social impact – something that I have always strived to do as a scientist. It was also a chance to raise awareness and inspire more individuals to pursue careers in science,” shares Ferrera on winning the National Fellowship in 2018.