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Faculty for the Future

Faculty for the Future enables women from developing economies to pursue advanced graduate studies in STEM subjects at top-tier universities around the world. Since its launch in 2004, the program has awarded fellowships to 634 women from 81 developing and emerging countries.

The Schlumberger Foundation, an independent nonprofit entity that supports STEM education, awarded 38 new fellowships and renewed an additional 140 fellowships in its Faculty for the Future program for the 2017–2018 academic year. As of 2017, Faculty for the Future fellows pursued doctoral and postdoctoral studies at 251 universities worldwide.

The fellowships represent the Schlumberger Foundation’s long-term investment in a community of highly qualified role models who help narrow the gender gap in STEM disciplines by inspiring more women to study science. Fellowships are awarded based on the applicant’s academic ability, leadership qualities, and engagement in outreach activities toward underserved communities with STEM as a development instrument in their home countries.

Recipients of Faculty for the Future fellowships have achieved academic excellence throughout their studies, often despite considerable financial challenges and traditional barriers to women’s education. After completing their studies, the alumnae are required to return to their home countries to contribute to economic, social, and technological advancement by strengthening the teaching and research faculties of their home institutions and taking positions in the public sector where their newly acquired technical and scientific skills can help provide evidence-based support for policy-making.

The research focus of the newest cohort of Fellows is diverse, with the top five disciplines being engineering, climate and environmental sciences, chemistry, computer sciences, and agriculture. This reflects the regional challenges the fellows encounter and reveals their determination to improve conditions in their home countries through science.

In addition to enabling women to attend graduate school, Faculty for the Future hosts forums where fellows and alumnae share their experiences and foster cooperation while debating topics of interest. In 2017, two forums were organized—in Bandung, Indonesia in August and Cambridge, England in November—offering an opportunity for the participants to collaborate, learn from each other, and network with distinguished scientists and other invited speakers.

Read more about the Faculty for the Future program.
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