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Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology
PhD or post-doctoral level
Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
Women from developing and emerging countries
Schlumberger Foundation is an independent nonprofit entity 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. The Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2005, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or post-doctoral studies in the physical sciences, engineering and technology at leading universities abroad.
The long-term goal of the Faculty for the Future program is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing academic careers in scientific disciplines thus contributing to the socio-economic development of their home countries and regions. Grant recipients are selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents. Ultimately they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers, to further their research, to teach and to become inspirational role models for other young women.
Applicants must meet all the following criteria:
- Be a woman;
- Be a citizen of a developing country;
- Wish to pursue a PhD degree or Post-doctoral research in the physical sciences or related disciplines;
- Have applied to, have been admitted to, or are currently enrolled in a university abroad;
- Wish to return to their home country to continue their academic career upon completion of their studies;
- Be very committed to teaching and demonstrate active participation in faculty life and outreach work to encourage young women into the sciences;
- Hold an excellent academic record.
Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual expenses to be incurred by the student only. They typically include tuition and university fees, an estimation of accommodation costs and a living allowance (food, books and supplies, medical/insurance coverage, child care, transport costs) in addition to a budget for travel, visa and conference expenses. Grants can be up to USD 50,000 per year for PhD courses and a maximum of USD 40,000 for Post-Doc programs.
Applications are only accepted through the on-line system. See link below.
General tips to help you
- Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and the application deadline;
- Plan ahead! Producing a qood quality application takes time and final selection is based in part on the standard of your application and accompanying materials;
- Have a clear strategy. Make sure all parts of your application form an integrated whole. Your application should highlight aspects about you and your career that will give the reviewer a focused yet well-rounded view of your candidature;
- Read and follow the instructions carefully. The instructions are your guide to producing a comprehensive and and competitive application;
- Information regarding available funding from other sources (fellowships, scholarships, sponsorships…) should also be provided.
A successful application will have gone through four selection rounds, with the reviewers paying particular attention to the following criteria:
- Academic performance;
- Quality of references;
- Quality of host country university;
- Level of commitment to return to home country;
- Commitment to teaching;
- Relevance of research to home country;
- Commitment to inspiring young women into the sciences.More details are available from the website www.facultyforthefuture.net
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