The Schlumberger Foundation has announced the recipients of its Faculty for the Future fellowships, which support female students from developing and emerging economies in their pursuit of advanced degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at prestigious research institutions around the globe.
The Schlumberger Foundation’s ongoing dedication to creating a network of highly accomplished role models who can close the gender gap in STEM fields by encouraging more women to pursue research is demonstrated by this latest round of awards. They give out fellowships in accordance with an applicant’s academic prowess, leadership traits, and participation in STEM outreach initiatives in underserved communities back home. With assistance from the Foundation, Fellows have consistently excelled in the classroom despite significant cultural, geopolitical, environmental, or economic obstacles.
The initiative provides fellowships for cutting-edge STEM research at prestigious research institutions abroad. After completing their studies, Faculty for the Future Fellows are expected to return to their home countries and advance the economic, social, and technological development of those countries by enhancing the STEM teaching and research faculties at their home institutions and by exercising leadership in the field of science-based entrepreneurship. They were also expected to contribute to the public sector, where their newly acquired technical and scientific knowledge can help provide fact-based justification for decisions on gender representation in STEM fields.
807 women from 86 different countries have won Faculty for the Future grants since the program’s inception in 2004 for PhD and post-doctoral STEM research programs. The program offers a platform for these women to work together to identify and remove barriers that are preventing equal opportunities in STEM education and professions in their local communities and home countries through interactive online tools and in-person meetings.
- 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, 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 and through their leadership in science-based entrepreneurship.
- They are also expected to contribute to the public sector where theirnewly gained newly gained technical and scientific skills can help provide evidence-based support for STEM policy making, including topics of gender representation.