AFS Global STEM Accelerator Program 2024 (Scholarships Available)

Opportunity Detail

  • Language Requirement Not required
  • Gender Female
  • Level Non-Degree /Short program
  • Eligible Region/Countries


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  • Medium of Instruction English
  • Field of study Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
  • Opportunity ID 36685
  • Funding Type Fully Funded
  • Duration 12 weeks

Opportunity Description

The AFS Intercultural Programs is pleased to announce the beginning of the AFS Global STEM Accelerators. An amazing, comprehensive scholarship program for girls who are motivated to help address some of the most pressing global issues of our day and who are engaged global citizens.

Currently, more than half of workers with college degrees are women worldwide. However, only 28% of people in STEM fields are female. Girls and women who want to pursue STEM fields frequently encounter difficult obstacles in areas that have historically been dominated by men. They have developed a program specifically focused on the future of women in STEM fields because of this. They can begin to reverse this trend and create more opportunities for the perspectives of women in the larger endeavor of achieving a sustainable future by giving girls from all over the world the chance to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Quick Details:

  • Offered by:  AFS Intercultural Programs 
  • Format: Online
  • Applications Open: 1 February 2024
  • Deadline: March 17, 2024
  • Admissions decisions for Cohort 1 announced via email: April 5, 2024
  • Cohort 1 virtual exchange: May 4 – Aug 4, 2024
  • Admissions decisions for Cohort 2 announced via email: May 10, 2024
  • Cohort 2 virtual exchange: Aug 24 – Nov 24, 2024
  • Duration: 12 Week
  • Gender: Female
  • Type: Accelerator Program
  • Eligible Nations: International

About the Scholarship and The Program:

The winners of the scholarships will take part in 12-week fully online courses that emphasize social impact, global competency training, and critical and emerging STEM fields (co-developed with the University of Pennsylvania). Through interactive, hands-on curriculum, students will expand their STEM knowledge and skills while gaining critical global competencies such as problem-solving, analytical thinking, intercultural understanding, and the capacity to forge cross-cultural connections.

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Team projects and presentations that offer viable answers to real-world problems—with a focus on climate change and the energy transition—mark the program’s culmination.


  • AFS and the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy grant scholars who successfully complete the program the Advanced Certificate on Global Competence for Social Impact. These scholarships are made possible by funding from the international energy company bp.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to all females worldwide.
  • Applicants must be 15 to 17.5 years old.
  • The applicant must be fluent in English to participate fully and engage in online forum answers and online moderated conversation sessions.
  • Have a desire to communicate with people from all over the world and learn about different cultures.
  • Talented young women from all backgrounds, particularly underrepresented groups and those with financial needs, are highly encouraged to apply!
  • Interested in STEM, sustainability, and global competencies.
  • Have a computer, smartphone, or other digital devices to access the virtual program content, an integrated webcam and microphone to participate in online discussion sessions, and a reliable internet or WIFI connection.

Documents Requirement:

You must submit the following forms in addition to completing your online application:

How to Apply?

All young females who wish to take advantage of this opportunity can register and land their spot on the AFS’s portal for the upcoming event through Apply Now button below.

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To learn more, See the Frequently Asked Questions or visit the AFS Global STEM Accelerators.

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