Women in science fellowship programme now taking applications

3 Feb 2016

2015 fellows from l-r: Dr Joanna Durgan, Dr Tríona Ní Chonghaile, Dr Rita Tojeiro, Dr Aarti Jagannath and Dr Paola Crippa. Image via UNESCO

The L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships Programme for 2016, which aims to reward Irish and UK postdoctoral researchers with a fellowship worth £15,000/€15,000, is now open for applications.

Running for almost 10 years now, the women in science programme is one of the best-known funding events of its kind, with it offering five fellowships annually to postdoctoral researchers who are considered outstanding in their particular fields.

Now open for applications, those looking to apply must only meet the requirements of being based in the UK or Ireland and conducting research in the fields of life and physical sciences, engineering, mathematics or computer sciences.

Last year’s fellowship awards saw Irish cancer biology researcher Dr Tríona Ní Chonghaile win one of the fellowships awarded.

The group of judges were particularly impressed with Dr Ní Chonghaile’s success in utilising a technology known as BH3 profiling, which allows researchers to measure the cell death sensitivity of the mitochondria, which paves the way for similar analysis of the cell.

Irish applicants are asked to submit their applications before the deadline on 11 March.

Women Invent is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Intel, Open Eir (formerly Eircom Wholesale), Fidelity Investments, Accenture and CoderDojo.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic