Faculty for the Future Forums

Date: 10/12/2018

Strengthening a global community of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

The Schlumberger Foundation’s flagship Faculty for the Future program supports women from developing countries by helping them pursue advanced graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide.

The program’s extended mission is to build a sustained community through Forums, with the goal to create a powerful community of women leaders in STEM who will support the socio-economic development of their countries. Since the program was implemented, the Schlumberger Foundation has hosted 18 in-person gatherings.

“The Faculty for the Future Forums help to strengthen a global network of like-minded women in STEM who bring knowledge and innovation to resolve world challenges,” says Roseline Chapel, President, Schlumberger Foundation.

The most recent Forum took place this year in Cambridge, Massachusetts bringing together 35 current and alumnae Fellows from 18 countries who are pursing research in the North American region.

The gathering offered an occasion for the Fellows to present their research during formal poster sessions in various disciplines such as computational biology, electrical engineering, physics, and applied mathematics. The Fellows also visited the Schlumberger laboratories in Cambridge and met with staff and scientists there.

The Forum provided the Fellows with skill building sessions on presentations skills, tips to publish research results and how to apply recently acquired knowledge to help advance women in STEM disciplines. The Fellows also heard from distinguished speakers at panel sessions on what it means to be a mentor and leader. Faculty for the Future alumnae at the Forum shared their experiences about returning to their home countries and discussed how to navigate the challenges they face.

“The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future fellowships help to remove the economic barrier that would otherwise prevent these outstanding women scientists from continuing their education. The women, drawn together from diverse backgrounds, share a dedication of excellence in research and a commitment to being role models who inspire other young women to get involved in the sciences,” says Chapel.

The call for applications for Faculty for the Future Fellowships for the 2018–2019 academic year are open to November 14, 2018. Eligibility criteria and application process instructions can be found here.

About Faculty for the Future

The program’s long-term goal is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific careers in 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 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. Since its launch in 2004, 683 women from 81 developing and emerging countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue PhD and post-doctorate study in STEM. 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.

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