Women and science: L'Oréal-UNESCO fellowship awarded to 7 doctoral and post-doctoral scientists


On October 8, 2019, seven young researchers from PSL received one of the 35 L'Oréal-UNESCO French fellowships under the "For Women in Science" 2019 program.

lauréates 2019 bourses l'Oreal Unesco©Fondation l’Oréal / Jean-Charles Caslot

Doctoral students and post-doctoral scientists at ESPCI Paris, ENS - PSL, EPHE - PSL, Institut Curie and Collège de France, Sophie Bagur, Marion Rouault, Melissa Rossi, Caroline Dubé, Charlène Estrada and Anne-Cécile Boulay are among the 35 bright French researchers from the new generation of scientists selected by the L'Oréal-UNESCO "Pour les Femmes et la Science" fellowship program in 2019.

Their research work focuses on neuroscience, cognitive and behavioural sciences, coral ecosystems, cryptography, oncology... and contributes to prepare the rise of the quantum computer, to protect the ecosystems, to new methods for mental health disorders, or to alternative therapeutic strategies... These six young researchers are members of cutting-edge laboratories and departments at Université PSL, such as the Plasticité du cerveau Laboratory at ESPCI Paris, the Computer Science Department at Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL, the département d'Etudes Cognitives at Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL, the CRIOBE Laboratory at EPHE - PSL, the Signalisation et progression tumorale Team at Institut Curie, and the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en biologie CIRB at Collège de France.

  In 2019, women account for only 28% of university enrollment in the basic sciences in France. Alexandra Palt, Managing Director of the L'Oréal Foundation

The L'Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship in the "For Women in Science" fellowship, awarded in partnership with the Academy of Sciences and the French National Commission for UNESCO, promotes a new balance of power in the scientific world and it has supported the work of 265 doctoral and post-doctoral scientists in recent years. The 6 winners, selected from among more than 800 other applications for the excellence of their works, the originality of their scientific project and their desire to transmit their passion to the youngest, will each benefit, in addition to a research grant of 15 000€ for doctoral students and 20 000€ for post-doctoral students, from an additionnal training program to their scientific career in order to have the means to break the glass ceiling.

The awardees


  • Sophie Bagur, doctoral fellow in the Plasticité du cerveau Laboratory (ESPCI Paris, CNRS, Fondation pour la recherche médicale)


  • Sophie Bagur, doctoral fellow in the Plasticité du cerveau laboratory (ESPCI Paris, CNRS, Fondation pour la recherche médicale)

    ENS - PSL

    • Mélissa Rossi, doctoral fellow in post-quantum cryptography and cryptanalysis in the CASCADE team Laboratory (Département d'informatique de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL, CNRS, Inria) in coordination with industriel Thales
    • Marion Rouault, postdoctoral fellow in the Inference and Décision-Making LNC2 team (Département d'Etudes Cognitives de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure - PSL, Inserm, Institut Jean Nicod, EHESS, CNRS)

    EPHE - PSL

    • Caroline Dubé, postdoctoral fellow in the CRIOBE laboratory (EPHE - PSL, CNRS, Université de Perpignan Via Domitia)

    Institut Curie

    Institut Curie

    Collège de France