AFS Global STEM Educators is a 6-week, full-scholarship, virtual exchange program for in-service Educators worldwide (ages 18+) teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) at the secondary level (working with students ages 13-18). This online, interactive certificate program is designed for Educators to build the skills needed to become globally competent leaders and foster global competence in their school communities and beyond.

Participants will examine intercultural issues in education, explore resources for teaching about sustainable development and global citizenship to students, and develop ideas to build bridges in multicultural classroom environments. This program will help you explore key concepts and  principles of Global Citizenship Education and learn to foster 21st century skills with your students.

Global STEM Educators will:

  • Examine intercultural issues and the fundamentals of globally competent teaching.
  • Bridge perspectives on STEM education in local and global contexts.
  • Explore teaching resources on sustainability, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and global citizenship education.
  • Reflect on one’s own teaching context and develop new ideas to build bridges in multicultural classrooms.
  • Boost self-awareness and empathy for diverse cultural backgrounds, perceptions, and behaviors.
  • Earn an AFS global competence certificate and digital badge reflecting new credentials.

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

Hear from the Educators alumni:

Content Overview

Application & Program Dates

  • February 1: Application opens
  • March 17: Application deadline
  • March 27: Cohort 1 admissions decisions announced via email
  • April 5: Cohort 2 admissions decisions announced via email
  • April 6 – May 12: Cohort 1 virtual exchange
  • June 22 – August 3: Cohort 2 virtual exchange

Who can apply?

The program is available only via scholarship award.

Applications for the 2024 AFS Global STEM Educators are now closed.

Scholarship winners will be announced on March 27, 2024 via email. 

Applications for the Global STEM Educators are open to in-service secondary-level STEM educators from anywhere in the world, who meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be 18+ years of age to apply (birthdate at least April 6, 2006)

Frequently Asked Questions

The 6-week all-virtual Global STEM Educators program will run in two cohorts in 2024:

  • Cohort 1: April 6 – May 12, 2024
  • Cohort 2: June 22 – August 3, 2024

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