Junior Academy

The Junior Academy is a virtual community of exceptional teens who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and committed to making a difference in the world.

Junior Academy participants learn advanced research and innovation skills, then collaborate with a global team of peers and STEM professionals to tackle real-world challenges.

The Junior Academy is a collaboration between The Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and the New York Academy of Sciences. IVA is responsible for providing information in Swedish and recruitment campaigns in Sweden. The New York Academy of Sciences are the founder and owner of the Junior Academy, and handles the application and the program content.

Each year, student applications are reviewed by an admissions committee. Accepted participants are notified in August for the following program year. Twice a year, in January and September, Junior Academy members are invited to compete in a set of innovation challenges sponsored by leading companies. Participating students form teams and have access to coaching and guidance from STEM experts. All student and mentor interactions take place via Launchpad, the Academy’s virtual collaboration platform.

Prior to tackling a challenge, Junior Academy participants complete an online “bootcamp” designed to equip them with the skills they will need to address the challenge. They then work together to develop a research-driven solution. Teams who present the best solutions are invited to New York for a prize ceremony.


Who can apply?

The Junior Academy is open for students ages 13-18 years from anywhere in the world. All participants must be able to communicate clearly in spoken and written English. Students from non-English-speaking countries will be assessed on their English profciency before being accepted. Students are required to submit a written endorsement from an educator in conjunction with their application.

Participation in the Junior Academy is completely free! Students engage in the program in their free time. How much time to spend in the program is optional, but an estimate is two hours per week. The application is open April – July each year.

More information in English and a link to the application portal can be found at www.nyas.org/junioracademy



"The best part of being in The Junior Academy is to be associated with a brilliant scientific community that strives to make a positive change in the world through STEM."

- Krish Joshi, Junior Academy participant.

You can also watch James tell you about his participation.