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. bp, a global energy company, provides funding that supports these scholarships.

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Application & Program Dates

  • February 1: Application opens
  • March 17: Application deadline
  • April 5: Admissions decisions for Cohort 1 announced via email
  • May 4 – Aug 4: Cohort 1 virtual exchange
  • May 10: Admissions decisions for Cohort 2 announced via email
  • Aug 24 – Nov 24: Cohort 2 virtual exchange

Who can apply?

The program is available only via scholarship award.

See the Frequently Asked Questions below for more details. 

Applications for the 2024 Global STEM Accelerators are 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 2024:

Cohort 1: May 4 – August 4, 2024

Cohort 2: August 24 – November 24, 2024

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]