New York Academy of Sciences “Junior Academy Challenge” for the Brightest High School Students

Conference Research Short Program in Applied Science , in Engineering , in Natural Science
  • Apply Before : July 31, 2021

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 150678
  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • No. of Opportunity 1000
  • Fields of study STEM
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 10 Weeks
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description


Each year, the New York Academy of Sciences selects 1000 of the most talented high school students from around the world to join its Junior Academy. The Junior Academy is a passionate community of problem solvers, STEM experts, mentors, and industry leaders worldwide. The academy trains young high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and helps them enhance their careers in these fields by receiving mentoring, guidance and building 21-century skills. The application for the 2021/22 round of the program is now open for both students and mentors.

How does it work?

The initiative enables young students to learn autonomously and work collaboratively on Launchpad _ the academy’s unique online learning platform_ where they can work on projects in a self-paced manner and use their skills to work with other team members with the guidance of mentors throughout the program. By working on this platform, students develop solutions to solve society’s most pressing problems.


Application deadline: 31 July 2021, 11:59 PM UTC

Organizing institution: The New York Academy of Sciences

Location of the work: everywhere in the world

Number of participants accepted: 1000

Notification of results: mid-September 2021

Duration:  10 weeks (September – December 2021 or January to May 2021)

The Junior Academy challenge process

  • Bootcamp
  • Challenge Launch
  • Team Establishment
  • Mentor matching
  • Solution design
  • Solution presentation
  • Judging
  • Winner announcement
  • GAS Summit


By participating, young students will:

  • Receive mentorship from STEM experts
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Join a global STEM network
  • Develop crucial 21-century skills and advance their career in STEM
  • Solve real-world challenges
  • Inspire the next generation of STEM Leaders and bridge skill gaps

In addition:

The winning team offering the best solution will win a fully-funded trip to the Global STEM Alliance Summit at the academy in New York.

Who can apply?

  • High school students who are 13-17 years old can apply from all parts of the world.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an interest in the STEM Field.
  • Students work in international teams of 6 members each being paired with a mentor.

Other requirements

  • Language: all program content and communication will be in English, so applicants should have a strong proficiency in English which will be tested during the application process.
  • Time commitment: 3-4 hours/week _ students will work on their projects at their own pace and need to set their schedule according to their mentors.
  • Cost: it is totally free to participate.

To be eligible as mentors for 1000 Girls 1000 Futures, applicants must:

  • Be graduate students, postdocs, or professionals working in a STEM-related field
  • Be able to access at least one communication medium with internet capabilities
  • Have the ability to communicate clearly in English both in speaking and writing
  • Passionate about bringing together and inspiring the next generation of young women worldwide
  • Experienced in undertaking original scientific research (preference but not mandatory)

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How to apply?

Applicants can apply online by completing an online application. In the application, you will need to provide your personal information and answer the essay questions.


Each application undergoes a strong review so applicants with the most potential will be chosen to join the Junior Academy.

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If you need more information about the program, please visit the official link.


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