Early-career female scientists have a harder time obtaining funding than their male colleagues do, according to two recent independent studies. Female postdocs who apply for a prestigious independent research fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) are less successful than their male counterparts, although the difference is relatively small. And on this side of the pond, a small-scale study suggests that the startup support for newly hired female faculty members in the United States is less than half of what their male colleagues receive. The generalizability of these results remains to be determined, as do their underlying causes, but both studies suggest that the observed funding disparities may be a factor in the persistent underrepresentation of women in the sciences.
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