Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Am I eligible if I hold dual citizenship of which one is citizenship of a developen country?
No. You are not eligible to apply if you hold dual citizenship of which one is citizenship of a developed country
Am I eligible to apply if I'm preparing for a Master's degree?
No. Only students who have applied to, have been admitted to, or are currently enrolled in a university abroad to pursue a PhD or a Post-doctoral course can apply for a Faculty for the Future (FFTF) grant.
Am I eligible to apply if I have already started my PhD or Post-doc?
Yes, you can apply even if you have already started your PhD or Post-doc.
Am I eligible to apply if I am already living in a developed country?
If you are a citizen from a developing or emerging country but resident in a developed country for the purpose of studying, you are eligible to apply.
Am I eligible to apply even if I plan to pursue my PhD or Post-doc in my home university?
The FFTF program aims to give the opportunity to scientific women from developing and emerging countries to pursue a PhD or a Post-doc in the best universities abroad. However we sometimes accept 'sandwich programs' where students spend only a part of the grant year in a university abroad.
Why is my country not on the list when the IMF or other source lists it as a developing country?
Faculty for the Future focuses on developing and emerging economies. 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 allow incorporation of development status with regard to science, gender and education for example.
The most significant source drawn upon is the multi-variable UN HDI including their Gender Development and Gender Empowerment Indexes as well as indicators of adult educational levels.
The Faculty for the Future country list is reviewed every year and levels of development fluctuate, so a country may be on the list this year and not on the list next year, or vice versa.
Note: The Schlumberger Foundation reserves the right not to consider or further process applications from applicants whose country of citizenship and/or residence is a country under embargo.
Am I eligible to apply if I plan to pursue my PhD or Post-doc in a university of another developing or emerging country?
The FFTF program aims to give the opportunity to scientific women from developing and emerging countries to pursue a PhD or a Post-doc in the best universities abroad. If you've been accepted in a university of excellence you are eligible to apply, even if the university is not in a developed country.
Is there a list of host universities accredited to the FFTF program?
No. However, you are encouraged to apply to the best universities abroad in your discipline. The university you will be accepted in will be taken into account in the decision process.
Which disciplines are eligible?
Eligible applicants are preparing for PhD or Post-doctoral study in the physical sciences, engineering and related disciplines. Awards in biological sciences are limited. Please see Examples of Typical Disciplines Awarded (36 KB PDF)
I plan to apply for a PhD or post-doc next year. Should I apply for the FFTF grant now or next year?
You are eligible to apply now. If you apply before the first year of study, you are allowed to begin your course and consequently to receive your grant funding until Spring of the following year. For example, if you apply in 2012, you will know the award results in Spring 2013. If grant recipients have not commenced study by the Spring semester in 2014, the grant award will expire.
Is it a mandatory requirement of the grant to return home and to pursue an academic career? Am I eligible to apply if I don't have any faculty position yet in my home country?
We do not require any document certifying that you will have a faculty position when you return to your home country after completing your studies. However, during the application process—new or renewal—we look closely at evidence of your commitment to return home and the level of your relationship with your home-country university/universities. The quality of this evidence has a significant impact on the likelihood of winning or obtaining a renewal award.
How many years is the grant typically renewable for?
Grants may be renewed through to completion of your PhD or Post-doc—subject to performance, self-evaluation, and recommendations from supervisors (preferably host and home universities).
Is it necessary to provide the diploma and letter of admittance from my university in English? Is it necessary to make notarial attestations?
No, it's not mandatory.
Is there an age limit?
No. Women of any age are eligible to apply. However, the selection process takes into consideration the number of active teaching years remaining after the PhD or post-doc has been obtained.
If I bring my family with me to the host country, will the Schlumberger Foundation financially support them?
FFTF grants are based on actual expenses to be incurred by the student only. Expenses typically include tuition and required university fees; an estimation of accommodation costs; a living allowance (for food, books, and supplies, medical/insurance cover, childcare, transport costs); and a budget for travel, visa, and conference expenses. This can be up to USD 50,000 per year (but includes Tuition fees). Note that the maximum grant award for a Post-doc is USD 40,000.
After submitting my application on-line, can I access and modify it before the closing date?
You can update your application and save it as often as you like before submitting it. Once it has been submitted it cannot be changed anymore. Your referees will then receive a notification e-mail asking for a recommendation letter.
I've just submitted my application, what else am I expected to do?
When will I be informed of the selection results?
You should wait for results to be delivered. The results are usually available on the application Web site by the end of March every year. Awarded applicants will then receive a personal e-mail. Unsuccessful applicants will usually receive a formal letter by the end of April.
How are grant recipients selected?
The selection process includes five rounds:
: Is based on compliance with eligibility criteria such as country of origin, discipline and overall quality of application. Non-compliant applications are eliminated.
: The first shortlist is reviewed based on scoring of the following criteria:
- Academic performance;
- Quality of references;
- Quality of host country university;
- Level of commitment to return to home country;
- Commitment to teaching;
- Relevance of research to home country;
- Commitment to inspiring young women into the sciences.
: The second shortlist is reviewed by the Schlumberger Foundation scientific committee with a focus on quality of research proposal, scientific interest and relevance to home country.
: The final shortlist of candidates is interviewed by telephone by members of the Schlumberger Foundation Board of Trustees.
: Selection of grant recipients by Schlumberger Foundation Board and Executive Director.
Why is a particular candidate not selected?
The competition is intense for a limited number of awards. Individual correspondence cannot be engaged in nor can reasons be given to individuals who are unsuccessful.
Typically, applicants are unsuccessful due to the following reasons:
- Poor quality of the application or incomplete application (especially in the personal essay and project statement sections);
- Failure to meet eligibility criteria;
- Insufficient evidence of commitment to return to home country or to teaching;
- Insufficient qualification level (the Schlumberger Foundation only funds PhD and Post doctoral programs).
If you receive an elimination letter, and if you believe you can significantly improve any or all of the factors highlighted above, you are welcome to re-apply on-line the following year.