75 Scholarships for Young Changemakers in Australia & New Zealand

Addressing global sustainability challenges requires engaging diverse young people in every corner of the world. To this end, AFS is proud to unveil 75 full scholarships for the AFS Global STEM Changemakers: Australia-New Zealand, a unique full-scholarship, intercultural exchange program for teens (age 15-17.5) to foster transformative learning experiences through STEM, global competence, and positive social impact.

Scholarship winners will participate in an immersive 12-week virtual exchange program focused on sustainability, intercultural skills, and social impact, co-developed with the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy. Scholars will enrich their STEM knowledge and skills through an 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 social impact capstone presentations that offer potential solutions to real-world challenges, with an emphasis on climate change and the energy transition. 

The AFS Global STEM Changemakers Initiative has earned AFS several distinctions in international education.

The PIE’s (Professionals in International Education) PIEoneer of the Year Award, celebrating program innovation and achievement, as well as Diversity Abroad’s Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Award, honoring organizational advancements towards diversity, inclusivity, and community outreach.

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Scholars earn the Advanced Certificate on Global Competence for Social Impact, from AFS and the University of Pennsylvania CSIS. Scholars are also invited to join an exclusive Global STEM alumni platform for continued learning, networking, and mentorship opportunities, and become eligible to participate in the AFS Youth Assembly in New York City, an annual global gathering of young people actively addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Students with a keen interest in STEM and sustainability, from diverse backgrounds throughout New Zealand and Australia, are strongly encouraged to apply. A minimum of 20% of scholarship spots are earmarked for students from Aboriginal, Māori, Torres Strait Islander, Pasifika, native and Indigenous communities, as well as refugees and displaced students.

Application & Program Dates

  • Application Deadline: 14 June 2024
  • Decisions Announcement: 21 June 2024
  • Virtual Exchange: 26 July – 27 October 2024

Who can apply?

The program is available only via scholarship award.

See the Frequently Asked Questions below for more details. 

Applications are open! Apply here.

Applicants should reside in Australia or New Zealand.

20% spots will be allocated to students from Aboriginal, Māori, Torres Strait Islander, Pasifika and Indigenous communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 12-week all-virtual Global STEM Changemakers Australia – New Zealand exchange program will run in:

  • July 26 – October 27, 2024

If you have any questions, please email us at globalstem@afs.org