About the Schlumberger Foundation

The Schlumberger Foundation History

The Schlumberger Foundation is a non-profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors and managed and administered by Schlumberger employees. It operates under two legal entities, the Schlumberger Foundation Inc., registered in 1954 in the United States and the Schlumberger Stichting Fund registered in 1985 in the Netherlands.

Schlumberger Annual Report 1954 coverThe first reference to a Foundation created in the United States was in the 1954 Schlumberger Annual Report as follows: “Through the years we have relied heavily on our universities as the source of the technical personnel to whom so much of our progress is due. As an acknowledgement of the essential role that these universities have played in our past growth and will play in our future, your Board of Directors has created the Schlumberger Foundation for the purpose of establishing scholarships and fellowships for scientific studies.”

Since its inception the Foundation has focused on funding a variety of programs in scientific education all over the world:

  • University Endowments were established over a 23 year period starting in 1976 to finance Chairs at Rice and MIT in the United States and Cambridge in the United Kingdom, to name just a few.
  • In 2003 the Foundation became a sponsoring partner with “Africa Array” established to create new geo-scientific research and training programs and rebuild existing ones in Africa with Africans for Africans.
  • In 2005 “Lab in a Lorry” got under way as a joint initiative with the Institute of Physics bringing the opportunity to young people to explore science through hands-on experiments and attracting over 1,000 volunteers from the scientific world to share their knowledge.
  • From 2005-2007 the Foundation had a partnership with United World Colleges (UWC) to fund students from disadvantaged backgrounds with an interest and talent in science to study at UWC colleges. A total of 21 students graduated from this program. 
  • In 2004, the Faculty for the Future program was launched to provide funding to women from emerging economies for advanced graduate study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the best faculties for their discipline overseas. It is currently the sole program funded by the Schlumberger Foundation. The long term goal of the program is to address the gender gap in STEM disciplines by selecting the most talented female scientists, providing them with a unique opportunity to develop their skills, exposing them to vital international experience and networking, thereby training them to become future leaders, change agents and policy makers back in their home regions where they are ultimately expected to return. The Faculty for the Future program is growing each year and has become a powerful community that today stands at 405 pioneering women scientists from 68 countries.

Brief History of the Schlumberger Foundation

Foundation timeline

Schlumberger Stichting Fund ANBI Requirements

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