Applications are now open for the 2024 AFS Global STEM Accelerators Program for young women from anywhere in the world.

AFS Global STEM Accelerators are 12-week digital programs (from home), engaging in content on global competence skills, social impact, and sustainability-focused workshops, with content co-developed by AFS and the University of Pennsylvania. This program culminates with student-led social impact 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.


  • Participant age: Must be 15-17.5 years old at the program start date
  • Language: Ability to participate fully, both online and in a classroom setting, in a program conducted entirely in English.
  • Interest: Interest in STEM, sustainability, and global competencies, Curiosity and willingness to interact with diverse global peers and explore new cultures
  • Technology: A computer, smartphone or other digital device to access the virtual program content, An integrated webcam and microphone for participation in online dialogue sessions, Stable internet or wifi connection*
  • Talented young women from all backgrounds who reflect the diversity of populations around the world, particularly underrepresented populations, and students with high financial need, are strongly encouraged to apply!

Accelerator Program

The 12-week all-virtual Global STEM Accelerators exchange program will run in two cohorts in 2024:

  • Cohort 1: May 4 – August 4, 2024
  • Cohort 2: August 24 – November 24, 2024


  • February 1: Application opens
  • March 17: Application deadline
  • April 5: Admissions decisions for Cohort 1 announced via email
  • April 6 – May 12: Cohort 1 virtual exchange
  • May 10: Admissions decisions for Cohort 2 announced via email
  • June 22 – July 28: Cohort 2 virtual exchange
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Scholarship winners for the 2024 Global STEM Accelerators will be announced April 5, 2024 (for Cohort 1 scholars) and May 10, 2024 (for cohort 2 scholars).

Method of Application

For More Information,

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Application Deadline: March 17, 2024.