L’ORÉAL Austria


Deadline: 1 Mar 2022

Fellowships for young female scientists in basic research (max. 25.000 EUR)


L’ORÉAL Austria, in collaboration with the Austrian UNESCO Commission and in cooperation with the Austrian Academy of Sciences, with the financial support of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, awards fellowships for young basic researchers in the fields of medicine, the natural sciences or mathematics. For the funding, continuation or development of projects in Austria.


for a L’ORÉAL Austria fellowship are open to female doctoral candidates or post-docs who

  • are not older than 30 years (pre-doc) or 35 years (post-doc)
  • completed their degrees (Diplom/Master’s or Dr./PhD) no more than four years ago,
  • are Austrian citizens or have been living in Austria for the last three years, and
  • submit a research project in any of the research areas mentioned above which will be conducted in Austria (projects in related disciplines pursuing an experimental research approach will also be considered),
  • have publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The fellowships are intended to promote talented female young researchers who can demonstrate either above-average degree scores or significant publications.

The aim is to support female researchers who are close to completing or have already completed (post-docs) their dissertations.
The fellowship is particularly intended for the following cases:

  • Completion of a project or a doctoral thesis
  • Bridging the gap until a long-term research position is taken up
  • Scientific development of a project proposal
  • Re-integration following a research stay abroad

Applications for start-up or interim financing of dissertations are not accepted.
Applications for a post-doc-Fellowship are accepted even if the Dr./PhD degree has not been completed by the deadline date but will be completed before the fellowship is taken up. In such a case, information about the planned date of completion of the Dr./PhD degree must be included in the application documents.

The project must be undertaken in Austria. If the fellowship is used to complete a pre-existing project, the interim results will be judged; if it is used to bridge projects (until the candidate has taken up a permanent or project post), an outline of the intended project or research orientation must be provided (including explanation of the research problem).


Exceptions can be made if proof can be provided of time taken off for childcare or for completing high school through evening classes (Zweiter Bildungsweg), and must be established via communication with the Department of Fellowships and Awards prior to application.

Length of Funding

L’ORÉAL Austria fellowships are awarded for between 8 and a maximum of 12 months (pre-docs) or between 6 and 8 months (post-docs).

Extent of Funding

A L’ORÉAL Austria fellowship is funded in the amount of 25,000 Euros (before tax).The fellowships are paid in total or in two instalments (at the beginning and at the half-way stage). The fellowship is intended to cover the costs of living. Parts of it can also be used for courses, seminars, childcare, congresses, short research stays at home and abroad or for material resources.

Fellowships can also be applied for if additional funds are available. The upper limit for additional income is 15,000 Euros. Additional income must be declared in the application.