AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors

Funding Agency:
American Association for the Advancement of Science

The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program furthers women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of pioneers.

The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program brings together 100 women from a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls. STEM professionals use their skills in many fields – including research and development, sports and recreation, finance, fashion, gaming, engineering and manufacturing, entertainment, healthcare, retail, music, and more. The AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors program highlights women in STEM who are contributing in all these fields, showing girls the different career pathways they can pursue and how STEM impacts their lives every day.  AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors will gather for in-person summits, create personal press kits that highlight their stories and take their outreach to the next level, be featured in original entertainment and media content, and engage with middle school girls in formal and informal educational spaces.

Apply to be a AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador at Applications for the program are open April 1-July 21, 2019 and AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors will be selected in two cycles:

Selection cycle #1: Applications received between April 1 and 11:59 pm ET on May 15, 2019; Announcement of selected Ambassadors: early July 2019

Selection cycle #2: Applications received between 12:00 am ET on May 16 and 11:59 PM ET on July 21, 2019; Announcement of selected Ambassadors: early September 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must be women in STEM-related careers and may be based in any organization type or sector of employment. Candidates at a variety of career stages, ranging from students and early career researchers to experienced, are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must have training in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline. An advanced degree is not required.

Candidates must demonstrate excellence in their contributions to STEM commensurate with their career stage.

Candidates must have a demonstrated interest and experience in media, STEM education, or public engagement activities.

Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to supporting women and girls in STEM, particularly middle school girls.

Candidates must be based in the United States.



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 21, 2019