Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships for Women

Study anywhere in the world. The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships for Women is open.  The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing  and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctoral research in science, technology, engineering  and mathematics (STEM) fields at leading universities worldwide.

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships for Women. Photo by Schlumberger

The Schlumberger Foundation is committed to gender parity in science and recognizes that full access  to and participation in a STEM curriculum is essential for the empowerment of women and girls. By facilitating STEM research for women scientists in emerging economies, scientific and technological  advances will be enhanced in the local communities and regions from where selected candidates are

awarded for this program.  Since its launch in 2004, 770 women from 84 countries have received Faculty for the Future  fellowships to pursue PhD and Post-doctoral research in STEM in leading universities and research  institutes outside of their home country.

Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year for a PhD and maximum of USD 40,000 per year for a Post-doc and may be renewedthrough to completion of studies. Renewal grants are subject to performance, recommendations from  supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans in the home country.

Candidates should have applied to, have been admitted to, or be currently enrolled in a universityabroad when submitting their grant application. Candidates must hold an excellent academic record, demonstrate leadership skills, community outreach activities and have a track record in encouraging girls and women into STEM fields. Candidates should also prove their commitment to return to their home countries upon completion of their studies to contribute to the economic, social and technological advancement of their home regions by strengthening the STEM teaching and research faculties of their home institutions as well as through their leadership in science-based entrepreneurship. They are also expected to contribute to the public sector where their newly acquired technical and scientific skills can help provide evidence-based support for STEM policy making, including topics of gender representation.

Host Institution(s): Approved leading universities worldwide

Field of study: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

Number of Awards: Varies

Target group:  Women from developing and emerging economies

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration: 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.


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

• 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.

Application instructions:

Applications are currently: 

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website: Official Scholarship Website:

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