Achievements of women in science recognised through awardListen /
The scheme is being launched by the UN' cultural agency, UNESCO, on Wednesday with a view to promote the contribution of young women in the field of life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology.
Fifteen Candidates will be selected for the awards which are worth up to $20,000.
They must already be engaged in pursuing life sciences research at the doctoral level or above.
The awards, which were established in 1998, are being co-sponsored by the French cosmetics company L'Oreal.
Proposals in the area of cosmetics research are discouraged.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations