Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships for Women from Developing Countries

Faculty for the Future Fellowships

Course(s) Offered: Sciences, Engineering, Technology & related fields
Course Level: Graduate (PhD, postdoc, fellowships)
Provider: Schlumberger Foundation
Country to Study in: Any country

Scholarship Description
Each year, The Faculty for the Future Fellowships, launched in 2004 by the Schlumberger Foundation, are awarded to women from developing and emerging economies.

The Schlumberger Foundation's Faculty for the Future Fellowships target women who are pursuing PhD or post-doctoral study in the physical sciences and related disciplines at top universities for their disciplines abroad.

Grant recipients are selected for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents, and are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers and inspire other young women. Schlumberger Foundation Call for Applications for the 2020-2021 Faculty for the Future Fellowships is now on.

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To be eligible to apply for this Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria, 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); 
  • are 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; 
  • 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 (i.e., not from the home country university); 
  • hold an excellent academic record; 
  • have a proven track record of teaching experience or can demonstrate commitment to teaching; 
  • can demonstrate active participation in faculty life and outreach programs to encourage young women into the sciences; 
  • are willing to contribute to the socio-economic development of your home country and region by strengthening the faculties in your home university, pursuing relevant research, or using your specific expertise to address public policy matters.
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.

Faculty for the Future does not draw on one single source or list but constitutes its eligible country list from a number of sources which allows incorporation of development status with regard to science, gender and education for example.

The most significant source drawn upon is the UN Human Development Index (HDI) including their Gender Development and Gender Empowerment Indexes as well as indicators of adult educational levels. Developing countries are defined as countries scoring medium or low in the UN HDI. Applications from emerging countries (i.e., countries scoring high in the HDI) may occasionally be awarded grants if the given country scores low in the UN Gender Inequality Index.

The Faculty for the Future country list is reviewed every year and as levels of development fluctuate, a country may be on the list one year and not on the list the following year, and vice versa.

Eligible groups
Citizens of Developing countries and Emerging economies

Participating Institutions
Accredited and approved top universities and research institutes abroad

Fields of study
Physical sciences, engineering, technology and related disciplines. Awards in biological sciences are limited

Number of awards
Up to 218 fellowships will be granted - 49 new and 169 renewed

Sponsorship duration
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

Scholarship benefits
Faculty for the Future grants are awarded based on the actual costs of studying and living in the chosen location, and is worth a maximum of USD50,000 for PhDs and USD40,000 for Post-doctoral study per year

Method of Application
You have to apply for the PhD programme prior to applying for the fellowship. Applications are only accepted through the Online System. If you are a New Applicant and believe you meet all the eligibility criteria, please register below for an account. If you are a Renewal Applicant, please enter your login details.

It is important to read the FAQs, and also visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on eligibility criteria and to apply to this fellowship

New applications will be accepted from September 5th to November 7th 2019 (the deadline for reference letters is November 14th, 2019). Renewal applications will be accepted from September 5th to November 4th, 2019 (the deadline for reference letters is November 11th 2019)

Schlumberger Foundation is an independent nonprofit entity that supports science and technology 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.

Application Deadline: 4/7 Nov 2019 (Renewals/ New)
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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