Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship 2020-2021 Grants for Women in Science (Funded)

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship 2020-2021 Grants for Women in Science (Funded)

Deadline: November 7, 2019

The Schlumberger Foundation is accepting applications for the Faculty for the Future Fellowships. 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 policy making. In so doing, they become powerful role models and help to inspire other girls and women to pursue scientific careers.

Since its launch in 2004, 721 women from 80 developing and emerging countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue PhD and Post-doctoral research in STEM in renowned universities outside of the home country. While all applications will be evaluated using the same criteria, applications would be particularly welcome from countries that are currently under-represented to enable a broad geographical spread which is an important factor in the overall mission of this grant program.

About the Grant

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.

The initial duration of the grant is for one academic year. Renewal grants are subject to performance, self-evaluation, recommendations from supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans in the home country.


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);
  • 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 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.

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

The Faculty for the Future program focuses on developing and emerging economies.

The competition is very intense for a limited number of awards. No individual correspondence will be engaged in to provide reasons to unsuccessful applicants for not receiving a grant;  In addition to tough competition, applications are typically unsuccessful due to the following reasons:

  • Poor quality and/or incomplete application (especially in the Personal Essay and Research Proposal Statement)
  • Failure to meet eligibility criteria
  • insufficient evidence of commitment to home country return; to teaching
  • Level of qualification (the Schlumberger Foundation only funds PhD and post-doctorate programs).


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. Read the FAQs before you apply.

  • 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 and illustrate their 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. Candidates should also prove their commitment to returning to their home countries to contribute to the economic, social and technological advancement of their regions, pursuing careers in the teaching and research faculties of their home institutions and also taking on positions in the public sector.

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