These annual fellowships provide a year's worth of research funding to 'recognise the achievements of exceptional female scientists across the globe.' For those in the UK and Ireland, the 2015 application process will open in early February, with a deadline in March. For more details, click here.
From their website:
The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science were
launched in January 2007. The Fellowships are awards offered by a
partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission
for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the
support of the Royal Society. From 2015, Five Fellowships are awarded
annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers. Each worth
£15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland), the Fellowships are
tenable at any UK or Irish university / research institute to support a
12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life,
physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.
The Fellowships have been designed to provide practical help for the
winners to undertake research in their chosen fields. For example,
winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific
equipment, paying for child care costs, travel costs or indeed whatever
they may need to continue their research.
Another important part of the Fellowship programme is the support,
training and networking opportunities that it provides. Fellows make
valuable friendships and connections that can lead to interesting
collaborations, publications and wider appreciation of their work.