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About Faculty for the Future program

Faculty for the Future

Building a community of women in engineering, science, and technology

The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program supports outstanding women from developing countries in their pursuit of advanced graduate studies in engineering, science, and technology at leading universities worldwide.

The program also has an extended mission to encourage community building through in-person forums, with the objective to create an international community of women leaders who will support scientific development and act as change agents in their home countries.

Next Call for applications

Applications for Faculty for the Future Fellowships for the 2015–2016 academic will be accepted online as of September 2014. Note: the applications Website is currently closed until September 2014.

Fellowships are awarded to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhDs or post-doctorate degrees at top universities abroad. Applicants are chosen via a rigorous selection process based on academic performance, outstanding references, research relevance, and commitment to teaching as well as the ability to be a change agent and inspire other young women into science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pursuits.

The United Nations notes that women pursuing tertiary education are significantly underrepresented in the fields of science and engineering. A key objective of the Faculty for the Future program is that Fellows return to their home countries to continue their research and teaching, in turn becoming advocates for public policy in their scientific domain of expertise and laying the groundwork for change in regard to women in science in their home region.

Community building

The Schlumberger Foundation hosted its eleventh Faculty for the Future Fellows Forum in May 2013. The gathering, organized in collaboration with the University of Cambridge at the university’s campus in the United Kingdom, brought together 37 Faculty for the Future Fellows and Alumni Fellows from 20 different developing countries who are pursuing their research in Europe.

During the event, the participants had the opportunity to meet and to discuss each other’s research during poster sessions, interact with distinguished scientists, hear keynote speakers, discuss gender-related issues, and address challenges including how to plan and manage careers while having a positive impact on the development of one’s home region.

The gathering helped to strengthen the academic and scientific networks of these talented women, as well as further develop leadership skills that will inspire other young women to pursue academic careers in science. Past forums have been held at top universities in the United States and at one of France’s leading science and engineering institutions in Paris.

Eligibility criteria and application process instructions for the 2015–2016 academic year can be found on the Faculty for the Future website.

About Faculty for the Future

Since its launch in 2004, 405 women from 68 emerging countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue advanced graduate studies at top universities abroad.

The program’s long-term goal is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing academic careers in scientific disciplines. Grant recipients are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers and inspire other young women to choose careers in engineering, science, and technology.

About the Schlumberger Foundation

The Schlumberger Foundation is a nonprofit entity that supports science, engineering and technology education. Recognizing the link between science, technology, and socioeconomic development, as well as the key role of education in realizing individual potential, the Schlumberger Foundation flagship program is Faculty for the Future.

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