Frequently Asked Questions
When is the program?
The first year of the program happened July 8th - 20th, 2018. Dates for summer 2019 have not yet been announced.
Who can apply?
Canadian girls entering their last year of high school in the September following the program (ie. Sept. 2019 for the 2019 program). Completion of English 11, Math 11, and at least one 11th level Science course are required by the start of the program. Students from rural or remote communities are especially encouraged to apply.
Is programming experience necessary?
No - all you need is a curiosity about AI and a desire to learn!
What is the cost?
The total cost of the program is $4000 per girl; however, due to the generous support of our sponsors including AI4ALL, the cost to each participant in 2018 was $500. Cost for the 2019 program is subject to change. Travel to Simon Fraser University's Burnaby campus is the responsibility of the participant and their family.
What does the cost cover?
The cost includes accomodation in a private room in residence for July 8th to July 19th, all food, curriculum, field trips, project materials, and 24-hour staff supervision.
Is there the option to sleep at home during the program or return home on the weekend?
No, the program has been designed to be an immersive experience and includes evening activities. The weekend is a leadership and teamwork retreat and will be the beginning of the team research projects.
Is there financial aid?
Yes, bursaries are available on a competitive basis for those in financial need. There is a section in the application to indicate whether you would like to be considered for a full or partial bursary. Support for travel from remote communities is also available.
How do I apply?
Starting January 2019, head to the Apply Now! page to download our application package and find the link to the online application. All applications are electronic.
Is there an info night to learn more?
Yes! Stay tuned for details about the 2019 info night.