The Schlumberger Foundation is accepting new applications for the 2021–2022. Faculty for the Future Fellowships from September 9th to November 9th, 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.
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.
Candidates should have applied to, have been admitted to, or be currently enrolled in a university abroad when submitting their grant application. Candidates must hold an excellent academic record, demonstrate leadership skills, community outreach activities and have a track record in encouraging girls and women into STEM fields. Candidates should also 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.
To be eligible to apply for this Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:
- 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 dual citizenship of which one is citizenship of 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);
- are preparing for a PhD degree or post-doctoral research in a STEM discipline. The Faculty for the Future program does not fund Master level studies;
- are enrolled, admitted 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 course the final degree must be awarded by the Host University abroad or jointly (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; Schlumberger-Private – can demonstrate leadership skills, active community outreach and have a track record in encouraging girls and women into STEM.
- If you do not meet the above criteria, please do not apply for a grant, as your application will not be retained in the selection process.
New applications will be accepted from September 9th to November 9th 2020 for the 2021 Fellowships (the deadline for reference letters is November 16th, 2020).