Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships

Deadline: 13 November 2015
Open to: women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide
Fellowship: up to USD 50,000


The Schlumberger Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports STEM education. Recognizing the link between science, engineering, technology, and socio-economic development, as well as the key role of education in realizing individual potential, the Schlumberger Foundation’s flagship program is Faculty for the Future.

The Foundation has funded 155 new Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year and renewed another 135, further strengthening its Faculty for the Future community of women leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Fellowships are awarded based on applicant’s leadership qualities, academic ability, and engagement towards science and education as a development tool in their home countries. This year the program attracted a total of 1166 new and renewal applications. The selected recipients are pursuing PhD or post-doctoral studies at 114 host universities in 17 countries, performing research into a wide range of disciplines related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


To be eligible to apply for this Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Female and 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);
  • 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;
  • 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);
  • Hold an excellent academic record;
  • Have a proven track record of teaching experience or can demonstrate commitment to teaching;
  • Demonstrate active participation in faculty life and outreach programs to encourage young women into the sciences;
  • 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.


Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual expenses to be incurred by the student only. This typically includes tuition and university fees, an estimation of accommodation costs and a living allowance (food, some allowance for books and supplies, medical/insurance coverage, child care, transport costs) in addition to a budget for travel to host country, visa and conference expenses. Grants can be up to USD 50,000 per year for PhD courses and a maximum of USD 40,000 for post-doc programs.


Applications are only accepted through the on-line system. Deadline for applying is 13 November 2015.

For more information please visit the official website.

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