The AFS Global STEM Innovators are full-scholarship, 6-week domestic exchange programs for teens interested in exploring STEM, sustainability, and intercultural skills. 

Young people are eager to change the world, but where can they start? The PISA Global Competence Assessment results, a global benchmark in secondary education, demonstrate that the majority of young people believe their behavior impacts the world, but aren’t sure how to tackle challenges they see in their communities.

With this in mind, AFS developed the Global STEM Innovators program, funded by bp, to provide teens (ages 14-17) with opportunities to collaborate with diverse peers and develop skills necessary to advance a sustainable future. Through a hybrid, hands-on virtual curriculum (5 weeks) and a weeklong in-person workshop, participants will broaden their understanding of the importance of STEM and sustainability, while enhancing their intercultural awareness.

“This course really shows me that I can actually make change in the world because we are the future generation”.

2023 AFS Global STEM Innovators Alumnus

The 2024 programs will take place for students living in Indonesia and the United Kingdom. Each program focuses on STEM, global competence, and sustainability, with an emphasis on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. 

The program is available via scholarship award only. Scholarship funding is provided by bp, a global integrated energy company. Participants who excel in these workshops may also be eligible to apply for Global STEM Accelerator or Global STEM Academy scholarships in future cohorts.


United Kingdom

The UK Innovators will engage in exciting site visits and explore sustainable technologies for energy and the climate around Aberdeen, Scotland and the Teesside Region, England.

2024 applications are closed
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The Indonesia Innovators will dive into STEM innovations and engage in site visits around the Jakarta metropolitan region.

Opening soon in 2024

United Kingdom Innovators

  • For teens (ages 14-17) from Aberdeen, Teesside, and South Wales, UK
  • Applications are closed. 
  • Virtual Exchange: 8 July – 9 August 2024 (online)
    • Develop your global competence, expand your interpersonal skills, and uncover why global skills matter towards the future of STEM
  • Workshop: 11-17 August 2024 (in person) hosted in Aberdeen and Teesside
    • Meet with STEM industry leaders and experts, participate in interactive site visits, gain volunteer service experience, and investigate case studies in sustainable energy and technologies
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The AFS Global STEM Innovators program provides an exceptional opportunity to build critical intercultural skills and drive sustainability and STEM training that will help students thrive in a global economy. The program brings together diverse groups of students from around the country for an exciting and enriching experience. 

All Innovators scholars begin with a 5-week online curriculum for young leaders, ages 14 – 17, focused on enhancing global competence skills and investigating the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Then, the program culminates with a local in-person workshop focused on sustainable development, STEM technologies, and cultural visits in key markets. 

Indonesia Innovators

The 2024 Global STEM Innovators program in Indonesia is yet to be announced. Stay tuned!

Who can apply?

The program is available only via scholarship award.

For more information about the application and selection process please see the FAQ below.

Applications 2024 UK Innovators are now closed. 

Applicants to the 2024 Global STEM Innovators must meet all of the following criteria:

The Innovators are designed to create local impact.

  • UK Innovators: Applicants must be legal residents of one of the following postcode areas:
    •     England: Teesside (TS) or Darlington (DL) postcode areas
    •     Scotland: Aberdeen or greater Aberdeenshire (AB)
    •     Wales: Cardiff (CF), Newport (NP), or Swansea (SA) postcode areas
  • Indonesia Innovators: Applicants must be legal residents of Indonesia. Each province is eligible, and applicants from Papua are especially encouraged to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Global STEM Innovators is a domestic exchange program un two parts: Part 1 begins online (virtual exchange), and Part 2 (workshop) occurs for one week in person. The 2024 programs will run in Indonesia and the United Kingdom. See the specific dates of each program and workshop in the section above, as they differ by country.