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, India 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 2020 BP Global STEM Academies, AFS is identifying and selecting scholarship recipients from Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa and the USA. If you are from one of the above countries and meet the eligibility criteria below, click on the “Apply now” button to start your application!

  • Must be born between December 1, 2002 and June 1, 2005
  • The ability to participate fully in a classroom and program conducted entirely in English
  • Demonstrated interest in STEM, study abroad and interacting with different cultures
  • Willingness to attend all four Academy destinations – Brazil, Egypt, India or the USA
  • Ability and willingness to travel unaccompanied abroad
  • Interested in exploring new culture

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! For more information about the application and selection process please see FAQ below.



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.


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Go to a STEM Academy in one of these countries:

Becoming a global citizen to make an impact in the world

“It was an amazing experience. I still think about it every day and I think it helped me a lot for my future. I had the chance to grow, to get to know all those wonderful people from around the world, to learn more in STEM topics and about cultures”

-BP Global STEM Academy Participant 


Brazil: June 13-July 11

The Brazil BP Global STEM Academy, based in the coastal town of Natal, will dive into the subjects of energy and innovation. Apart from classes and labs, scholarship winners will take part in several activities and excursions supported by outside organizations – such visiting solar, aeolic  and thermal power plants; Institute of Physics ,Brain Institute, Salinas and others.

They 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 and 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.


Egypt: July 1-July 29

The Egypt BP Global STEM Academy, based in the sprawling capital Cairo, will give students the opportunity to thoroughly explore STEM subjects (or rather STEAM- adding Art), with a focus on renewable energy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). We hope to soon meet the objectives under UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 for increasing renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy access. In addition, the program will provide service-learning workshops to teach the participants the importance of taking action, and develop their civic engagement skills. Participants will work with different community members, which will enrich and develop their group organizational and interpersonal skills.

Apart from the workshops and classes, students will also meet with local representatives from BP, to inspire the students to pursue STEM careers and create valuable connections for the future will experience Egyptian culture and enhance their language and intercultural skills by living with our very hospitable host families, participating in Arabic language classes, as well as visiting some of the many ancient and important historical sites of Egypt.


India: July 12-August 9

India BP Global STEM Academy will be hosted in the Capital of India–  New Delhi. Delhi reflects the cultural diversity and religious unity of India. This program will be focus on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) along with practical lab learning, hand-on tech assignments/workshops, company/industry visits, Indian cultural and sports activities. Students will get a chance to stay with a host family for the entire duration and be part of a group of high school students from around the world.

You will be able  to enhance your tech-skills, get a glimpse of education system and how basic science and mathetics is given a lot importance imbibed in the education system of India since the beginning. Not to forget, the soft skills and experiential learning that will go hand in hand with exposure to new technology in labs will provide students to understand the Indian culture more.

We look forward to seeing you in Summer 2020 in India


USA: July 5-July 31

The USA BP Global STEM Academy is based in the most diverse city in America – Houston, Texas.  Alive with energy and rich in diversity, this world-class city is home to a vibrant economy, a dynamic mix of imagination, talent and first-class attractions. The Houston Academy will give students the opportunity to thoroughly explore STEM subjects, focusing on three themes; energy, biomedical, and aerospace, that will enrich student skills and awaken their curiosity. Apart from the hands-on workshops, classes, and community service, students will visit BP’s US headquarters, and meet with BP leaders and inspiring STEM professionals, giving them an opportunity to discuss and work together on real-world innovation and learn about the energy transition. Supported by BP employee mentorship, students will take part in a program project, where they will gain skills in leadership, communication and teamwork. Students will also have the opportunity to tour critical regional institutions, like NASA’s Johnson Space Center, that have led the United States and the world on a continuing adventure of human exploration, discovery and achievement.

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 are critical for student success in today’s global economy. The goal of these scholarships 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

“Studying in another country will give me the chance to see how people from different cultures manage and solve similar problems, which I’m committed to put into practice once I come back to my country.”

-BP Global STEM Academy Participant