Achievements of women in science recognised through award

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Young Women around the world, especially those in the least developed countries, are being encouraged to apply for a fellowship scheme to further their scientific research.

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

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