The Schlumberger Foundation is accepting new applications for the 2017–2018 Faculty for the Future Fellowships from September 12th to November 18th, 2016.
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 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, and to also pursue positions 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, 600 women from 78 developing and emerging countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue PhD and Post-Doctorate study in STEM in 243 renowned universities worldwide.
The program also helps build a community for the Fellows through Forums, both online and in person.
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 re-integration 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.
If you believe you meet all the eligibility criteria, please apply online from September 12th, 2016 for the 2017-2018 Faculty for the Future Fellowships.
About 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, and to also pursue positions 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, 600 women from 78 developing and emerging countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue PhD and Post-Doctorate study in STEM in 243 renowned universities worldwide. The program also helps build a community for the Fellows through Forums, both online and in person.
About the Schlumberger Foundation
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.
Grant Application Process
Important: If you are a Faculty for the Future Fellow who is in transition from a PhD to Post-doctoral research, please make sure you go through the New Grant application channel, and not the Renewal Grant application channel.
How to apply
Applications are only accepted through the on-line system
When to apply for the 2017-2018 Faculty for the Future new Fellowships:
The on-line system will be receiving NEW APPLICATIONS from September 12th, 2016.
General tips to help you:
- Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and the application deadline;
- Plan ahead! Producing a qood quality application takes time and final selection is based in part on the standard of your application and accompanying materials;
- Have a clear strategy. Make sure all parts of your application form an integrated whole. Your application should highlight aspects about you and your career that will give the reviewer a focused yet well-rounded view of your candidature;
- Read and follow the instructions carefully. The instructions are your guide to producing a comprehensive and and competitive application;
- Information regarding available funding from other sources (fellowships, scholarships, sponsorships…) should also be provided.
A successful application will have gone through four selection rounds, with the reviewers paying particular attention to 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.
Faculty for the Future Grant: Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply for this Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:
- 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
- have a proven track record of teaching experience or can demonstrate commitment to teaching
- can demonstrate active PARTICIPATION in faculty life and outreach programs to encourage young women into the sciences
- are 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.
- If you do not meet the above criteria, please DO NOT apply for a grant, as your application will not be retained in the selection process.
*Faculty for the Future focuses on developing and emerging countries. 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 allows incorporation of development status with regard to science, gender and education for example. The most significant source drawn upon is the UN Human Development Index (HDI) including their Gender Development and Gender Empowerment Indexes as well as indicators of adult educational levels. Developing countries are defined as countries scoring medium or low in the UN HDI. Applications from emerging countries (i.e., countries scoring high in the HDI) may occasionally be awarded grants if the given country scores low in the UN Gender Inequality Index. The Faculty for the Future country list is reviewed every year and as levels of development fluctuate, a country may be on the list one year and not on the list the following year, and vice versa.
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