Fully Funded PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Women from Developing Countries


November 13, 2015

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About Faculty for the Future Program

The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships 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. The long-term goal of the program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing academic careers in STEM disciplines thus contributing to the socio-economic development of their home countries and regions. The program is growing each year and has become a community of 560 women scientists and technologists from 78 countries. Grant recipients are selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents. Ultimately they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers, to further their research, to teach and to become inspirational role models for other young women, especially in the STEM fields.


Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual expenses to be incurred by the student only. This typically includes university tuition and bench fees, accommodation costs and a living allowance (e.g., food, a small allowance for books and supplies, medical insurance, child care, transport costs) in addition to a budget for initial travel to the host country, visa charges as well as 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 research programs.


More Details 

Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year and may be renewed through to completion of studies subject to performance, self-evaluation, recommendation from supervisors and strong evidence of reintegration plans into the home country. Candidates should have applied to, have been admitted to, or be currently enrolled in a university abroad when submitting their grant application. Candidates must hold an excellent academic record and illustrate their commitment to teaching and research or to using their scientific knowledge in public policy advocacy. Candidates should demonstrate leadership skills, community outreach interest and have a track record in encouraging young women into the STEM fields. Candidates should also prove their commitment to returning to their home countries to contribute to the economic, social and technological advancement of their regions, pursing careers in the teaching and research faculties of their home institutions and also taking positions in the public sector.

Eligible Criteria

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

  • are a female and are 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);
  • are 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;
  • are 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;

New Applicants

If you are a New Applicant and believe you meet all the eligibility criteria, please register below for an account. New applications will be accepted fromSeptember 14th to November 13th 2015 for the 2016 Fellowships (the deadline for reference letters is November 20th 2015).

Renewal Applicants

If you are a Renewal Applicant, please enter your login details. Renewalapplications will be accepted from September 14th to November 6th 2015 (the deadline for reference letters is November 14th 2015).


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