About Faculty for the Future program
Role models for the next generation
Faculty for the Future fellowships are awarded to women from developing and emerging economies who are preparing for PhD or post-doctoral study in the physical sciences and related disciplines at top universities for their disciplines abroad.
Launched by the Schlumberger Foundation in 2004, the Faculty for the Future community now stands at 257 women from 62 countries, and grows steadily each year.
The long-term goal of the Faculty for the Future program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific disciplines. Grant recipients are therefore selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents, and they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers and inspire other young women.
Eligibility criteria and application process instructions can be found at New and Renewal Grant Application Process.
Faculty for the Future Community
Over the past few years, Faculty for the Future has extended its mission to community building. An on-line forum (restricted access) provides a popular venue for daily interaction among the 257 Fellows.
In addition, as we believe nothing beats meeting face to face, approximately 40 fellows are brought together during biennial forums allowing them face to face to contact in an informal conference setting. These forums provide a unique opportunity to interact, share research and life experiences, advance on topics such as the relationships between gender, science and socio-economic development and, more importantly, they are events where friendships are built and moral support is mutually offered. In addition to these forums, several smaller informal gatherings are also organized.