Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship 2019/2020

The Schlumberger Foundation is accepting applications for the 2019/2020 Faculty for the Future Fellowships. The fellowship nurtures a community of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from developing and emerging countries. The program’s long-term goal is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific careers by lowering the barriers women face when entering STEM disciplines, thus reducing the gender gap.

Faculty for the Future Fellows are expected to return to their home countries after completion of their studies to contribute to economic, social and technological advancement by strengthening the STEM teaching and research faculties of their home institutions, and also to pursue positions in the public sector where their newly acquired technical and scientific skills can help provide evidence-based support for STEM policy making. In so doing, they become powerful role models and help to inspire other girls and women to pursue scientific careers.

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship

Since its launch in 2004, 683 women from 81 developing and emerging countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue PhD and Post-Doctorate study in STEM in renowned universities worldwide. The program also helps build a community for the Fellows through Forums, both online and in person.

The Schlumberger Foundation is an independent nonprofit entity that supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Recognizing the link between science, technology, and socio-economic development, as well as the key role of education in realizing individual potential, the Schlumberger Foundation flagship program is Faculty for the Future.



The initial duration of the grant is for one academic year. The renewal of the grant is not automatic, but is subject to academic progress, quality of references (a reference from host university supervisor is mandatory) and the discretion of the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program renewal process.

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship Eligibility

You are eligible if:

  • you are a female and are a citizen of a developing country or emerging economy. 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);
  • you are preparing for PhD or postdoctoral studies in the physical sciences, engineering and related disciplines (see the web site for some examples of typical disciplines awarded). 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;
  • you are currently enrolled, have been admitted to or have applied to a host university/research institute abroad (applications are no longer accepted where an individual has not yet applied to a university). If you are applying for a sandwich PhD it is essential that the final degree is awarded by the Host University abroad (i.e., not from the home country university);
  • have a proven track record of teaching experience;
  • hold an excellent academic record;
  • can demonstrate active participation in faculty life and outreach programs to encourage young women to pursue studies in the sciences
  • are willing to contribute to the socio-economic development of your home country and region by strengthening the faculties in your home universities, pursuing relevant research, or using your scientific expertise to address public policy matters.

Schlumberger employees are not eligible to apply for Faculty for the Future grants.

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.

*Faculty for the Future focuses on developing and emerging countries. Qualifying a country as advanced, developing or emerging, is a complex and often controversial topic.

How to Apply for Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship

The selection process includes five rounds:

  • First Round: Is based on compliance with eligibility criteria such as country of origin, discipline and overall quality of application. Non-compliant applications are eliminated.
  • Second Round: The first shortlist is reviewed based on scoring of the following criteria:
    • academic performance
    • quality of references
    • scientific interest of research proposal
    • commitment to teaching
    • relevance of research to home country
    • commitment to inspiring young woman to pusure studies in the sciences
    • quality of host country university
  • Third Round: The second shortlist is reviewed by the Schlumberger Foundation scientific committee with a focus on quality of research proposal, scientific interest and relevance to home country.
  • Fourth Round: The final shortlist of candidates is interviewed by telephone by members of the Schlumberger Foundation Board of Directors and Executive Management.
  • Final Round: Selection of grant recipients by Schlumberger Foundation Board of Directors.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Faculty for the Future.

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