Women around the world currently make up more than half of the college-educated workforce.  However, STEM fields are made up of only 28% women. Women and girls who desire to learn more about STEM often face a challenging set of circumstances in fields that are traditionally dominated by men. (See the American Association of University Women for more details). That’s why we have created a program dedicated to the future of women in STEM fields. By providing an opportunity for girls from around the world to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, we can start to change this trend and open up more possibilities for the perspectives of women in the greater goal of reaching a sustainable future.

Scholarship winners will participate in 12 week all-virtual programs focusing on emerging and critical STEM skills and fields, global competence education, and social impact (co-developed with the University of Pennsylvania). Scholars will enrich their STEM knowledge and skills through interactive, hands-on curriculum, while developing critical global competencies, including problem-solving, analytical skills, intercultural understanding, and the ability to build bridges across cultures.

The program culminates with team projects and presentations that offer potential solutions to real-world challenges, with an emphasis on climate change and the energy transition. Scholars who complete the program earn the Advanced Certificate on Global Competence for Social Impact, awarded by AFS and the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy.

Applications for AFS Global STEM Accelerators Cohort 2 are open through 25 June 2023.

Who can apply?

The program is available only via scholarship award.

AFS will run two Global STEM Accelerators cohorts in 2023. See the Frequently Asked Questions below for more details.

Admissions decisions for Cohort 1 were announced on 12 April 2023

Applications for AFS Global STEM Accelerators Cohort 1 are open through 15 March 2023.

Applications for the 2023 Global STEM Accelerators will be open to young women from anywhere in the world who meet the following criteria:

Participant age:

Must be 15-17.5 years old at the program start date

Frequently Asked Questions

The 12-week all-virtual Global STEM Accelerators exchange program will run in two cohorts in 2023:

Cohort 1: 13 May – 6 August, 2023
Applications for Cohort 1 will open on 1 February, 2023.

Cohort 2: 26 August – 19 November, 2023
Applications for Cohort 2 will open on 15 May, 2023.