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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines to pursue advanced graduate study at top universities in their disciplines abroad.
Launched by the SLB Foundation in 2004, Faculty for the Future has grown to become a community of 807 women from 86 countries.
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 careers and inspire other young women.
Faculty for the Future grants range from USD 25,000 to 50,000 per year for PhD courses and a maximum of USD 40,000 for postdoctoral studies. Grants may be renewed through to completion of studies subject to performance, self-evaluation and recommendations from supervisors. The amount of the grant awarded depends on the actual costs of studying and living in the chosen location.
Eligibility criteria and application process instructions can be found at New and Renewal Grant Application Processes
Faculty for the Future Community
Over the past few years, Faculty for the Future has extended its mission to community building. To strengthen this initiative, approximately 50 fellows are brought together every 18 to 24 months 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 biannual forums, several smaller informal gatherings are also organized.
An on-line forum (restricted access) also provides a popular venue for daily interaction among the 807 Fellows and Alumnae.