AFWERX Fellowships

Become a catalyst for change

Since 2017, in partnership with AFRL, AFWERX has served as a catalyst to unleash new approaches for the warfighter through a growing ecosystem of innovators. In order to develop the workforce we need for our future Air Force, it is imperative that we expand and grow our collective knowledge and influencer networks, and uncover pathways to resources that enable us to keep pace in an environment where change is constant.

After a successful first cohort of fellows in 2020, AFWERX is excited to announce the 2021 AFWERX Fellowship Program which will be held virtually from May to August 2021.


During this five to six month cohort, you'll gain insight into AFWERX capabilities and processes, share your expertise and explore how we can collaborate to get after Air Force needs/requirements faster, smarter. To develop the workforce we need for our future Air Force, it is imperative that we expand and grow our collective knowledge and influencer networks, and uncover pathways to resources that enable us to keep pace in an environment where change is unyielding. General Brown has called upon all Total Force Airmen to “accelerate change or lose”. He challenges us to prioritize speed of delivery, foster a culture of diverse courageous problem-solvers through collaboration within and throughout. AFWERX Fellowship is one small step in developing this culture.

There are three teams you can choose to partner with during the May 2021- August 2021 virtual cohort (please ensure you are available for all four months, with the exception of holiday weeks).

Join Our Ecosystem

Learn about upcoming events, innovation challenges, and have the opportunity to submit your tech ideas.

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Fellowship Opportunities

Spark

Apply if you:

  • Want to partner with a Spark Cell to mentor and facilitate the journeys of the Airmen in realizing their ideas.
  • Are entrepreneurial in spirit with a passion for developing future innovation leaders.
  • Have expertise in helping Airmen get their ideas across the finish line.
  • Excel at managing components of a pitch event and preparing selectees for the event

AFVentures

Apply if you:

  • Want to gain insight into the AFVentures team who are creating simple pathways for commercial innovators and private capital investment to help the Department of the Air Force solve problems.
  • Are interested in learning about small businesses who are bringing their emerging solutions to our Airmen and potentially helping to evaluate some of these prospective solutions.
  • Have a passion for entrepreneurship and a focus on fast-paced impact.

Prime

Apply if you:

  • Want to learn about how to engage in developing technology marketplaces.
  • Are interested in helping to identify key technology sectors that if “primed”, could advance national security and prosperity.
  • Have a passion for connecting the research and development community with emerging technologies.

If you are a catalyst for change, have an entrepreneurial desire to develop and deliver solutions with a passion to accelerate collaboration across the Air Force innovation network, join us for the AFWERX Fellowship! We look forward to working together!


FAQ

Q: What do I gain from participating?

A: Gain insight into AFWERX capabilities, help shape the Air Force’s future projects and focus areas and discover innovation enablers and pathways to resources that can benefit you in your future roles in the Air Force.

Q: Who can apply?

A: Any member of the Air Force or Space Force may apply to participate.

Q: Do I need leadership approval?

A: Yes, If you are chosen to participate, you will need to provide verification from your Commander/Director that you are approved to participate in the cohort. Civilian members will be provided a Memorandum of Agreement to be signed by their supervisor, Commander, or Director.

Q: Is there a required rank?

A: Any military or civilian member of AFRL at any rank may apply.

Q: Can I apply for more than one team?

A: You may select more than one team for consideration, however you will be assigned to only one team if chosen to participate.