Type of Funding
The Schlumberger Foundation awards fellowships to women from developing countries and emerging economies, who are pursuing PhD or post-doctoral studies in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) at leading universities worldwide. Those applying for the 2020-2021 Faculty for the Future Fellowships will receive 1-year grants, which are renewable. The fellowships also cover cross-disciplinary studies involving the major STEM fields.
All applicants have to find their own host universities and host university supervisors themselves.
Faculty for the Future fellows have to return to their home countries upon completion of fellowship to contribute to the social, economic and technological advancement of their countries through the strengthening of STEM teaching and research in their home institutions. They can also make contributions in the public sector where their newly acquired technical and scientific skills can help provide evidence-based support for STEM policy making, and in so doing, they become powerful role models to inspire other girls and women to pursue scientific careers.
The fellowships cover grants of up to US$50,000 per year for a PhD and up to US$40,000 for a post-Doc. Renewal grants are subject to performance, self-evaluation, recommendations from supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans in the home country.
Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual expenses to be incurred by the student, which typically includes tuition and university fees, bench fees, accommodation costs and a living allowance (food, some allowance for books and supplies, medical/insurance coverage, child care, transport costs) in addition to a budget for travel to host country, visa and conference expenses. In addition, and at the discretion of the Schlumberger Foundation, an exceptional child care grant may be awarded (per eligible child) to a fellow when certain conditions are met (see the Official Website for the conditions).
Women of any age who are citizens of developing countries or emerging economies who have applied to, gained admission to or are currently enrolled in a university or research institute abroad to pursue a PhD or a post-doctoral course are eligible. Those who hold dual citizenship, 1 of which is citizenship of a developed country, are not eligible. Those who are from developing countries, but who are studying in a developed country, are eligible. There is no age limit.
Applicants should be preparing for a PhD degree or post-doctoral research in the physical sciences, engineering, technology and related disciplines. Awards in biological sciences are limited to interdisciplinary research between physical and biological sciences. The Faculty for the Future program does not fund Master level studies. Those who are applying for a “sandwich” PhD must make sure that the final degree is awarded by the host university abroad, not from the home country university.
Applicants must have an excellent academic record and can demonstrate commitment to teaching and research or to using their scientific knowledge in public policy advocacy. Candidates should demonstrate leadership skills, community outreach interest and have a track record in encouraging young women into STEM fields.
They should be actively participating in faculty life and outreach programs to encourage young women into the sciences. They have to be willing to contribute to the socio-economic development of their home country and region by strengthening the faculties in their home university, pursuing relevant research, or using their specific expertise to address public policy matters.
In particular, applications from countries that are currently under-represented are especially welcome, to enable a broad geographical spread.
Applications are to be done online by 7 November 2019.