Learn and grow by doing: Explore a BP Global STEM Academy this summer! AFS and BP have partnered to create the BP Global STEM Academies to help you develop the knowledge, critical STEM skills, and intercultural understanding to propel your future success. The BP Global STEM Academies are full scholarship programs in Brazil, Egypt, and the USA, focusing on science, technology, engineering, math and their exciting applications integrated with developing key global competencies like language skills, adaptability, problem-solving, collaboration, and the ability to build bridges across cultures.


For the 2018 BP Global STEM Academies, AFS is identifying and selecting scholarship recipients from Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, the USA, and children of BP employees globally. If you are from one of the above countries and meet the below eligibility criteria, please contact AFS in your country to apply – Find AFS in Your Country.

  • Be between 15 and 17.5 years of age
  • Possess an academic and career interest in science, technology, engineering, math or related fields and applications
  • The ability to participate fully in a classroom and program conducted entirely in English
  • Be able and willing to travel unaccompanied abroad

Talented young people from all backgrounds who reflect the diversity of populations around the world, particularly young women and students with financial need, are encouraged to apply!


If you are dreaming about becoming a game developer, coder, engineer, or future innovator, a STEM-focused program is a great opportunity! Get the critical skills you need, while engaging with people from around the world and exploring a new and exciting culture.


experiments creating extraordinary discoveries



cutting-edge designs we can’t live without



brightest ideas that set the world in motion



in Einstein’s words, the poetry of logical ideas

Go to a STEM Academy in one of these countries:

Becoming a global citizen to make an impact in the world

“I wish to find my true self through this program and as a young, proud, BP scholar from a rural area, I would like to go back home with something concrete and change their lives as BP and AFS have changed my life.” — Sinegugu, BP/AFS scholar from South Africa to USA


Brazil: June 16-July 14

The Brazil BP Global STEM Academy, based in the coastal town of Natal, will dive into the subjects of energy and innovation. The educational program will mainly take place at the Instituto Federal (IF), a high school and university education institute in Natal. Apart from classes and labs at IF, scholarship winners will take part in several activities and excursions supported by outside organizations – such as participating in the state science fair; visiting solar, Aeolic and thermal power plants; and attending a conference at the International Physics Institute. Students will also be introduced to employees at BP in Brazil, providing them with an excellent opportunity to meet and be inspired by people working in STEM fields and to create valuable connections for the future. Last, but not least, the scholarship winners will strengthen their intercultural and language skills by spending a weekend with an AFS-vetted and approved Brazilian host family, join Portuguese language classes and participate in AFS-led workshops on active global citizenship.


Egypt: June 21-July 19

The Egypt BP Global STEM Academy, based in the sprawling capital Cairo, will give scholarship winners the opportunity to thoroughly explore STEM subjects, with a focus on technology and climate change. To provide the participants with an experience that will enrich their skills and awaken their curiosity, the Egypt BP Global STEM Academy has partnered with the Information Technology Institute (ITI) – a pioneering national institute that applies an empirical learning approach to technological development challenges – and Sekem – an organization with expertise in sustainable development and climate change – for its classes and workshops. Apart from the workshops and classes, the scholarship winners will also visit the historical city of Alexandria together with local representatives from BP, giving them a great opportunity to meet and be inspired by people working in STEM fields and to create valuable connections for the future. Last, but not least, students will get to encounter Egyptian culture and enhance their language and intercultural skills by living with AFS-vetted and approved host families, participating in Arabic language classes, as well as visiting the many ancient and important historical sites of Cairo.


USA: July 1-28

he USA BP Global STEM Academy, based just outside of Chicago, will immerse scholarship winners in many facets of the science of energy, while mixing students from many nationalities together in a common living environment. Participants should be prepared to engage in an academically challenging curriculum and also to be both culturally sensitive to the different beliefs and values of the group. Based at Elmhurst College, students will engage in hands on, interactive classes and projects, take part in many STEM activities and excursions, and experience the rich culture of Chicago and the USA. Students will visit a solar and wind farm, tour world famous Argonne National Laboratory, learn about the engineering in architecture, explore downtown Chicago and it’s museums, enjoy a water park, visit a zoo, and much more. BP USA is hosting several events during this program, including a visit to their Chicago office to learn more about their work, a visit to their exhibit at the Museum of Science & Industry, and Chicago Cubs professional baseball game. Students will engage with BP staff and have opportunities to be inspired. This program plan is supervised by AFS on-site staff and local AFS volunteers.

A sample day in the STEM Academy

  • 08.30 h – Good Morning!
  • 09:00h – Breakfast
  • 09:30h – Sustainable Energy Lab
  • 14:15h – Lunch
  • 16:00h – Cultural Activities: City Tour
  • 18:00h – Intercultural Orientation
  • 21:00h – Dinner
  • 22:00h – Evening Activities, Night Games, Free Time
  • 23:00h – Good Night!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any questions about this program? Check out this space for answers!

BP and AFS have partnered to develop the BP Global STEM Academies and BP has
provided funding for 100 full scholarships. Why? Global competencies and STEM
education is critical for student success in today’s global economy. The goal is to
provide this study abroad opportunity to students from diverse backgrounds and in
need of financial support.

By experiencing STEM subjects in a different culture, AFS and BP are preparing the workforce of the future

“Thanks to BP and AFS, I discovered that life has no boundaries. Next year, I will apply to study at a college in the US, which is something that someone who was born in the same conditions as me would never be able to dream nor achieve, if this life changing AFS experience hadn’t occurred.” – Gustavo, BP/AFS scholar from Brazil to USA