Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship for Women – 2021/2022

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Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship for Women – 2021/2022


Application Deadline: 9th November 2020 for the 2021 Fellowships

Deadline for reference letters: November 16th, 2020

The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging countries to pursue PhD or Post-doctoral research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at leading universities worldwide.

The program’s long-term goal is to accelerate gender equality in STEM by generating conditions

that result in more women pursuing scientific careers through alleviating some of the barriers

they encounter when enrolling in STEM disciplines. The program is committed to gender parity in science and recognizes that full access to and participation in a STEM curriculum is essential for the empowerment of women and girls. By accelerating gender equality in STEM, the talent and capacities of these women can be developed for the benefit of their local communities, regions and nations.

Since its launch in 2004, 739 women from 82 countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue PhD and Post-doctoral research in STEM in leading universities outside of their home country.

Details of Award:

The Faculty for the Future grant program seeks to have an impact on gender balance in science disciplines by reinforcing the presence and qualifications of women university teachers in developing and emerging economies. We firmly believe that better gender balance at faculty level will encourage more women to study the sciences and engineering disciplines.

Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year for a PhD and maximum of USD 40,000 per year for a Post-doc and may be renewed through to completion of studies. Renewal grants are subject to performance, recommendations from supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans in the home country.

If you are well prepared to meet the core criteria and decide to embark on a doctoral program next year, you are invited to apply online (or re-apply as the case may be) from September 2020.

Eligibility Criteria for Award

You are eligible to apply if;

  • You are a female and are a citizen of a developing country or emerging economy where women are underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. You are not eligible to apply if you hold secondary citizenship from a developed country. (N.B. If you have been awarded a Faculty for the Future grant and after the award you obtain citizenship of a developed country, the grant will be discontinued as of the date of such additional citizenship);
  • You are preparing for PhD or postdoctoral studies in STEM. The Faculty for the Future program does not fund Master level studies;
  • You are currently enrolled, have been admitted to or have applied to a host university/research institute abroad (applications are no longer accepted where a candidate has not yet applied to a university). If you are applying for a sandwich PhD the final degree must be awarded by the Host University abroad (i.e., but not solely from the home country university);
  • Hold an excellent academic record;
  • Are willing to go back to your home country or region upon completion of your studies to contribute to its socio-economic development;
  • Have a proven record of teaching experience in your home country and can demonstrate your commitment to going back home to: i) an academic or research position in a STEM faculty; ii) and/or to using your knowledge to become a STEM entrepreneur to help resolve regional challenges in your local community/region; iii) and/or to demonstrating leadership by contributing to the public sector using your scientific skills to help provide evidence-based support for STEM policy making, including topics of gender representation;
  • Prove their commitment to return to their home countries upon completion of their studies to contribute to the economic, social and technological advancement of their home regions by strengthening the STEM teaching and research faculties of their home institutions as well as through their leadership in science-based entrepreneurship.
  • Can demonstrate leadership skills, active community outreach and have a track record in encouraging girls and women into STEM.
  • Schlumberger employees are not eligible to apply for Faculty for the Future grants.


Selection Criteria:

A successful application will have gone through four selection rounds, with the reviewers paying particular attention to the following criteria:

  • Academic performance;
  • Quality of references;
  • Quality of host country university;
  • Level of commitment to return to home country;
  • Commitment to teaching;
  • Relevance of research to home country;
  • Commitment to inspiring young women into the sciences.

Method of Application

Applicants are to complete the online application procedure HERE

Application Deadline: November 9th, 2020

Deadline for reference letters: November 16th, 2020

To apply, Click here 

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