The Schlumberger Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports science and technology education. Recognizing the link between science, technology, and socio-economic development, as well as the key role of education in realizing individual potential, the Schlumberger Foundation flagship program is Faculty for the Future.
The program’s long-term goal is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific careers by lowering the barriers women face when entering STEM disciplines, thus reducing the gender gap. Faculty for the Future Fellows are expected to return to their home countries after completion of their studies to contribute to economic, social and technological advancement by strengthening the STEM teaching and research faculties of their home institutions. They can also make contributions in the public sector where their newly acquired technical and scientific skills can help provide evidence-based support for STEM policy making. In so doing, they become powerful role models and help to inspire other girls and women to pursue scientific careers.
Since its launch in 2004, 721 women from 80 developing and emerging countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue PhD and Post-doctoral research in STEM in renowned universities outside of the home country. While all applications will be evaluated using the same criteria, applications would be particularly welcome from countries that are currently under-represented to enable a broad geographical spread which is an important factor in the overall mission of this grant program.