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

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. 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 policymaking. In so doing, they become powerful role models and help to inspire other girls and women to pursue scientific careers.

Faculty for the Future Fellowships for Women

Course level: Doctoral, Postdoctoral

Fields of study: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Institution and country: Leading universities worldwide

Sponsor: Schlumberger Foundation

Scholarship inclusions:

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 a 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, self-evaluation, recommendations from supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans in the home country

Eligibility criteria for the Faculty for the Future Fellowships:

  • You are a female and a citizen of a developing country or emerging economy. You are not eligible to apply if you hold dual citizenship of which one is the 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 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;
  • You 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);
  • You hold an excellent academic record;
  • You have a proven track record of teaching experience or can demonstrate a commitment to teaching;
  • You can demonstrate active PARTICIPATION in faculty life and outreach programs to encourage young women into the sciences;
  • You 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.

Application period: 9 September to 9 November 2020

How to apply for the Faculty for the Future Fellowships:

If you meet the eligibility requirements, apply online starting 5 September 2019 through this link.

Other useful links:

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships for Women