Science grant opens up to Kiwis

For the first time New Zealand women have the chance to apply for a National Fellowship programme to support a career in science.

There are three $31,737 fellowships on offer and applications are open until May 1.

Since 2007, the L’Oréal For Women In Science national programme in Australia has awarded three fellowships to help early-career women scientists consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions in science.

This year, the programme crosses the Tasman and opens applications to include New Zealand.

Applicants must be high-achieving women scientists who have not only shown scientific excellence and leadership in their fields but have also completed their PhD within the past five years (with allowance made for maternity leave).

The three successful applicants can use their awards to assist them in maintaining their science careers, according to L’Oréal New Zealand spokesperson Tanya Abbott.
“For example the grant may be used to finance personal scientific research, child care, maternity leave or for the hiring of a research assistant,” Abbott says.

New Zealand scientists have in the past received accolades at the L’Oréal UNESCO For Women in Science international awards including Professor Margaret Brimble, from the University of Auckland and latest recipient, Dr Zoe Hilton from the Cawthron Institute in Nelson.

 She was one of 15 women worldwide to receive the award in 2012, receiving US$40,000 for her investigation in to the captive breeding of one of our country’s most-loved delicacies – the flat (Bluff) oyster.

She will use the funds to study at Spain’s renowned Institute for Food & Agriculture Research.

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