Schlumberger accepting applications from Guyanese women for ‘Faculty of the Future’ fellowships

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The Schlumberger Foundation is now accepting applications from Guyanese women for its ‘Faculty of the Future’ Fellowship Awards Program for the period 2021 to 2022.

The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging countries to pursue PhD or Post-doctoral research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields at leading universities worldwide, the oilfield services company said.

According to the Schlumberger Foundation, the program’s long-term goal is to accelerate gender equality in STEM by generating conditions that result in more women pursuing scientific careers through alleviating some of the barriers they encounter when enrolling in STEM disciplines. “The program is committed to gender parity in science and recognizes that full access to and participation in a STEM curriculum is essential for the empowerment of women and girls. By accelerating gender equality STEM, the talent and capacities of these women can be developed for the benefit of their local communities, regions and nations,” the Schlumberger Foundation said.

Since its launch in 2004, 739 women from 82 countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowship to pursue PhD and Post-doctoral research in STEM in leading universities outside of their home country, the company said.

“Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year for a PhD and maximum of USD 40,000 per year for a Post-doc and may be renewed through to completion of studies. Renewed grants are subject to performance, recommendation from supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans in the home country,” Schlumberger stated.

The company said 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,” the company said. “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 as well as through their leadership in science-based entrepreneurship.”

It said also that candidates are expected to contribute to the public sector where their newly acquired technical and scientific skills can help provide evidence-based support for STEM  policy making, including topics of gender representation.

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