L'Oréal India strongly believes that Science is the source of progress, and the contribution of women is vital to its future. That is why we have initiated the L'Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarship Programme, which encourages and supports young women to pursue careers in science.
The programme was instituted in 2003 and has consistently helped young women to pursue graduation studies in scientific and science related streams. A scholarship of upto INR 250,000/- each is granted to promising but economically disadvantaged young women and covers college fees for study in any scientific field in a recognized college or university in India.
Women who passed class XII in academic year 2021
Minimum 85% in PCB/PCM/PCMB in class XII
Annual family income of applicant less than INR 4 Lakhs.
Maximum 19 years in age as on 31/05/2021
Enrolling in a recognized college/university in India for pursuing graduation program (science based) in 2021
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If not registered with Buddy4Study, register with your e-mail ID and fill the details. The same e-mail ID would be used to send updates regarding your application
Now you will be directed to the L’Oréal Scholarship Application page. Fill in all the details in the application form. The Application form has few essay questions which are closely read to shortlist candidates. Use them to tell us more about you
Click submit Once you submit your application, you would be receiving an application submission confirmation on your registered email ID along with an application number. Please note your application number for future reference
Some of our jury members over the years
Director and COO of C-CAMP, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms
Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR)
Scientist-D at National Institute of Pathology (ICMR)
Senior professor, Chemical Sciences Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Homi Bhabha National Institute
Principal of Sathaye College, Co-ordinator of IGNOU Centre at Sathaye College
Director, Central Imaging & Flow Cytometry, National Centre for Biological Sciences
Culture Editor at FactorDaily
The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai
Founder and Director of Buddy4Study.com
Advisor to the Government of Uttar Pradesh for Home and Health departments
Features Editor at Firstpost
Associate Professor- BioChemistry School of Life Sciences
Features Head, New Indian Express
Indian Institute of Chemical Technology
Journalist at The Times of India
Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed
Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed is the Director and COO of C-CAMP, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms. In this role, he manages C-CAMP's technology platforms, growth strategies, strategic collaborations for new technology creation, education and training programmes, and business and innovation accelerator unit. He also oversees the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office at C-CAMP.
Prior to joining C-CAMP, he worked as a Scientist with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), studying neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease. He holds a doctorate in Neuroscience from Max-Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany. In the bay area, he also served as a Management Consultant with QB3 New Biotech Venture Consulting as well as in an individual capacity where he consulted for biotech firms in the US.
Dr. Hemalatha Balaram
Dr. Hemalatha Balaram is a Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore. She has completed her Msc (Chemistry) at the University of Hyderabad and Ph.D (Biophysics) at the Indian Institute of Science.
She is also a member of the following committee's
The main focus of study in Dr. Balaram's laboratory has been on protein structure and molecular enzymology with particular reference to enzymes of the malarial parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. Dr. Balaram's work on fumarate metabolism has led to the identification of a novel pathway, operative in the intra-erythrocytic stages of the parasite that recycles of fumarate to aspartic acid. She has 77 publications to her name.
Dr. Ruchi Singh
Dr. Ruchi Singh has received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Jiwaji University working at National Institute of Pathology (ICMR) on the drug resistance and differential gene expression in the Leishmania donovani isolated from Post Kala Azar Dermal Leishmaniasis patients. She carried out her post-doctoral work on investigating the basis of antimony resistance in Leishmania donovani parasite and carried out the work at Centre for Biologics Evaluation and Research, FDA, US.
In 2007, she joined as a Scientist-C at National Institute of Malaria Research (ICMR) and initiated studies on molecular diagnosis of malaria and tracking of drug resistance in Plasmodium parasite. Currently, she is Scientist-D at National Institute of Pathology (ICMR) and her present focus of research is on development of field applicable and noninvasive diagnosis methods for infectious diseases. She has authored more than 25 research publications and 2 book chapters in the field of Leishmaniasis and Malaria.
She was the first Indian recipient of UNESCO L'oreal fellowship for young women in Life Sciences in 2006. She is recipient of Shakuntala amirchand award of ICMR.
Dr. Indira Nath
Dr. Indira Nath is an Indian immunologist. Her major contribution in medical science deals with mechanisms underlying immune unresponsiveness in man, reactions and nerve damage in leprosy and a search for markers for viability of the leprosy bacillus.
She received her MBBS from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. She joined AIIMS as MD (pathology) after mandatory hospital training in the UK.
In 1970 Dr. Nath was in the UK with a Nuffield Fellowship. During this period she came to specialize in immunology. She worked in the area of infectious diseases, particularly leprosy, with Professor John Turk at the Royal College of Surgeons and Dr RJW Rees at the National Institute for Medical Research, London.
After coming back to India, she joined Professor GP Talwar's Department of Biochemistry at AIIMS, which had just initiated immunology research in India. She retired in 1998 but continued to work at AIIMS as INSA-SN Bose Research Professor.
Her research is focused on the cellular immune responses in human leprosy. She has over 120 publications, invited reviews, opinion/comments on recent developments in international journals. Her discovery and her pioneering work are a significant step towards the development of treatment and vaccines for leprosy
She was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 1999, and L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science in 2002 amongst many other awards.
Dr. Kavita Rege
Dr. Kavita Rege is the Principal of Sathaye College.
She was the recipient of 'Rawell Award' for standing first amongst girls at the H.S.S.C. exams. She was also a rank holder in B.Sc. and M.Sc. exams. She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Bombay.
Dr. Kavita began her career as a Research Scientist with Alchemic Research Centre, a part of British Multinational– Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). She later moved to Hindustan Lever Research Centre where she gained valuable research experience. After 5 years in industry, she shifted to academics and joined Sathaye College, then known as Parle College in 1983. She has now over 28 years of teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is also the Co-ordinator of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Centre at Sathaye College.
Dr. H. Krishnamurthy
Dr. H. Krishnamurthy is currently the Director of the Central Imaging and Flow Cytometry Facility at the National Centre for Biological Sciences. He is also working as consultant for Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms. His research interest lies in hormonal regulation of spermatogenesis and trafficking and signalling of gonadotropin receptors. He has published over 60 research papers and has edited a book on Applications of flow cytometry in stem cell research and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Krishnamurthy obtained his B.Sc. from Vijaya College, Bangalore, M.Sc. from Bangalore University and PhD from Manipal University. He moved on to undergo postdoctoral training at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Muenster, Germany, Institute for Clinical Research, Montreal, Canada and University of Iowa, Iowa, USA. Later, he moved to Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University, New York, USA as Associate Research Scientist and Managing Director of the flow cytometry facility. At present he is also serving as the Live Education Task Force member of International Society for Advancement of Cytometry.
Dr. Snehalata Deshmukh
The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, Dr. Snehalata Deshmukh, is a recipient of numerous awards and honours for her contribution in the field of education. She is the Chairperson of King George infirmary and the Former Dean of L.T.M.G Hospital. She is also a member of the Economic Development Council. She has 150 research contributions and publications to her credit as an eminent Pediatric Surgeon.
Ashutosh Burnwal (Principal Cofounder & CEO of Buddy4Study) has been in the scholarships domain since 2010. An engineer and MBA, his mission is to create awareness for scholarships among Indian students. Before starting up, Ashutosh was working with British Petroleum. He has been a proactive writer and activist in scholarship domain and also authored India’s first scholarship guidebook for school students.
He is the scholarship man of India.
He is an Advisor, Author, Leadership Mentor, Management Consultant and Trainer.
An MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and B.Tech (Chemical) from NIT, Warangal, Venkat Changavalli has 38 years of total experience including 19 years as CEO. He is the Advisor to the Government of Uttar Pradesh for Home and Health departments. He is the Managing Director of ABC Ltd (A corporation fully owned by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh).
Mr. Changavalli has also authored a book “Manage, Live and Lead”, an inspirational guide for managers, citizens and students. He is also the Director on the Board of State Bank of Hyderabad. He is a guest faculty in several reputed business schools to teach Strategic Thinking, Innovation, Execution, Team Building, PPP and Dimensions of Leadership etc.
Sulekha Nair, Features Editor at Firstpost
Sulekha Nair has been a journalist for two decades working on business features across diverse newspapers and magazine. She is passionate about women centric topics like women' s role at work place, policies pertaining to women and pregnancy leaves; women and IT space, among many others. She has conducted interviews on Radio and also taught Journalism for a short while in a college in Mumbai. While she is currently working in the digital media, she brings innovation to this new and fascinating arena. In her opinion, the urgency of job in the digital media is mindblowing and exhilarating.
Professor Susanta Lahiri
He is a senior professor in the chemical sciences division at the prestigious Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and also at Homi Bhabha National Institute. He is a co-creator of super heavy element 117
On April 12, 2015 he was awarded the highest international honour for nuclear chemists "The Hevesy Medal Award". The award was established in 1968, he is the first Indian to ever win this award. Professor Lahiri has also published nearly 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as Physical Review.
Manju Latha Kalanidhi
Manju Latha Kalanidhi, a Hyderabad-based journalist with over 15 years of experience, believes in the credo: Be the change you want to see. She has always used every opportunity to highlight burning societal issues and bring it to the notice of the powers that be.
Her social initiative Rice Bucket Challenge, a desi spin on the Ice Bucket Challenge, has managed to garner more than 1.8 lakh kg of rice across the world since 2014. A recipient of JFW Women Achiever Award 2014, the Karamveer Chakra Gold Award etc, she is a social influencer with over 1 lakh followers across social media.
Dr. Prathama S. Mainkar
Dr. Prathama S. Mainkar, Senior Principal Scientist at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology is a synthetic organic chemist and medicinal chemist by training. She has experience of over 15 years in pharmaceutical industry before joining CSIR-IICT.
Her efforts in industry have helped a molecule reach Phase IIa Clinical trials. She received the OPPI Woman Scientist Award for the year 2016. She is involved in the drug discovery initiatives of CSIR-IICT.
Anishaa Sahijwala, Journalist at The Times of India
Anisha Sahijwala has been an education journalist for over eight years now. She covers the education and property beat for The Times of India and has extensive knowledge on local and global education. A Masters in Journalism and Communication, Anisha is also a social media expert and an avid photographer. She has a keen interest in exploring new technology, is a foodie and doubles up as an animal rescuer in her free time. Anisha's a passionate teacher and has been mentoring and teaching a number of journalism students at HR College of Commerce and Economics, and KC College, Mumbai. Her documentary '19 | 16' on female infanticide as a journalism student, won many praises nationally.
Prof. Sharmistha Banerjee (Ph.D, Biochemistry)
Prof. Sharmistha Banerjee is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad.
Her research area is Molecular pathogenesis and immunology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), HIV and M.tb-HIV co-infection. Some of her recent honours include: DBT- Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA) 2011- Department of Biotechnology (DBT) by the Govt. of India, BioAsia Innovation Award 2008 from Bio Asia - The Global Bio Business Forum, etc.
Ms. Shrabonti Bagchi
Shrabonti Bagchi, Culture Editor at FactorDaily, has been a writer and editor with several mainstream publications such as The Telegraph, DNA, and The Times of India.
In a career spanning over 15 years, she has written about culture, society, entrepreneurship, sustainability, food, science, and design. She was recently part of the winning team at a media-tech hackathon organised by the Global Editors Network, and will be participating in an international symposium of editors in Vienna in June, 2017. She is based in Bengaluru and can be reached @shrabonti on Twitter.
The total scholarship amount is upto Rs. 2.5 lakhs, granted in equal annual instalments over the period of the degree of study, subject to the submission of proof of the candidate passing each year.
Till date we have given more than 400 scholarships.
This scholarship is open for graduation study in any field of science - pure sciences, applied sciences, engineering, medical, data science or any other graduate courses pertaining to science or scientific or technology stream.
This scholarship is for:-
What is the selection process for L'Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarships?
The section of scholars for L'Oréal India For Young Women in Science Scholarships will be made on the basis of acadmic background, financial need and candidate's desire to shape her career. The selection will be a three-step process, with each step being an elimination round:
Step1: Screening & Shortlisting of applications along with document verification.
Step2: Telephonic interview with the candidate.
Step3: Considering covid scenario, this year we would not be conducting in-person face-to-face interviews. Instead interviews would be organized over a video callConsidering covid scenario, this year we would not be conducting in-person face-to-face interviews. Instead interviews would be organized over a video call.
Jury round which shall be an Interview through Video conferencing (or video call); candidate and at least one of her parents/guardian would be required to attend this video calling round conducted by team from L'Oréal India.
The scholarship amount is paid in equal annual instalments and is not given as a loan. While it does not have to be refunded by the recipient, it is subject to the student passing her exams. Students found to have submitted false information will have to refund the scholarship amount.
The scholarship is only for students who have appeared for their Std XII exams in the current academic year.
Yes, as long as you fulfill the conditions mentioned above, you are eligible for the scholarship to study in any recognized Indian University anywhere in India.
Yes, you are eligible to apply, as long as you fulfil the conditions mentioned above.
The candidate shall enclose the under mentioned documents along with the application form: -
The scholars need to submit following documents within one month of receiving scholarship letter from L'Oreal India.
Dearest L'Oréal India,Thank you for being so thoughtful. Your support throughout this journey meant a lot.
I got placed in Tata Consultancy Services and have published a research paper based on Photonic Crystal Fiber(PCF) in a National Conference. All of this has become possible because of your scholarship which has lead me towards a bright future. Thank you for everything.
FYWIS scholarship is a gift to me from God as it has changed my life and helped build my future. I successfully completed my graduation without any financial worries and I am now working as an Assistant software Engineer in a multinational company.
Thank you L'Oréal India
As a child I was fascinated with engineering studies. I was determined to stick to this line of career and accordingly scored in my qualifying exams. But then I hit a roadblock - finances! My father's income was not enough and my mother is a housewife. I was easily admitted into the topmost college in my state on basis of my scores, but the tuition and hostel fees of 4 years graduation course also meant education loan and added burden on my parents. That is where the scholarship opportunity given by L'Oréal under FYWIS scheme in the year 2008 changed the tide for me.
I got placed on-campus with MNC tech giant - Oracle India - with a deserving package. Had it been for a loan, I don't think I would have been able to work and perform in peace. In 2 years of this job, I bought my own home in Pune, shifted my parents to a better city and ensured my brother is free to follow his dreams and goals in my own college. All happened, because one financial support encouraged me to go and get it all. I owe it to L'Oréal India
I lost my parents at a young age which led to a lot of financial instabilities. I was a diligent student, had the academic score along with the extracurricular profile required for enrolling into a good college, but the major hurdle in my career path was the lack of financial support. That's when I was chosen as a L'Oréal India FYWIS scholarship recipient and it transformed my life completely.
Thanks to the scholarship assistance, I graduated with distinction as a Software Engineer in Computer Science. Soon after my graduation I worked with Tata Consultancy Services, a reputed software company for three years.
Currently, I am working as an International Marketing Analyst with ValuLink, a reputed financial firm based in United States.
I am truly appreciative for the assistance provided by L'Oréal India
Poonam Vidyadhar Angne
I did computer science engineering from Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere (BATU). This scholarship helped me in paying my tuitions fees, college fees, and hostel and mess fees. I sincerely thank L’Oréal India for helping me in my darkest hour.
In 2011, I passed out and got recruited by Infosys Limited. Currently I am working with Tata Consultancy Services as senior systems engineer
There are no words that can convey the appreciation and gratitude that I feel for L’Oréal India. Your scholarship helped me to complete my Engineering when I was financially very weak; your support has played a key role in my success.
I was determined to be an engineer and the most important and difficult aspect of financial support was provided by L’Oréal India. I have now completed my Computer Engineering with flying colours and without a loan. Currently I am working with AurionPro and looking forward to the next phase of my career.
Now my dream is my reality. Thank you FYWIS for making a young women achieve her goal
I came to know about L’Oréal India For Young Women in Science scholarships through a local newspaper. Writing the essay and giving an interview was a big learning experience for me.
Getting this scholarship was a big achievement for me, not only did it help me financially but it also boosted my confidence. Thank you L’Oréal India for giving me this opportunity and encouraging young women like me to study science
I feel very honoured for being a recipient of the FYWIS scholarship from L’Oréal India. This scholarship was like stepping stone for me, without which I could not have started climbing the ladder of success. Now I am a BTech holder in Aerospace Engineering and preparing for civil services exams. I am very confident about my success and this all because of this scholarship
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