BP AFS

STEM Academies

BP/AFS Global Scholarship


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.

Approximately 100 Students from more than 10 international countries residing around the world with demonstrated strengths in academics, an interest in science, technology, engineering, math, and a desire to study abroad will be awarded full scholarships to attend the STEM Academies located in Brazil, Egypt, or the United States. 

STEM Academies Eligibility 

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Academic Achievement & S.T.E.M. Interest: Possess academic and career interest in science, technology, engineering, math or other fields important to the energy industry.
  • Age Range: Be between 15 -17.5 years of age (graduates and graduating seniors are not eligible).
  • Diversity: AFS and BP share a commitment to diversity and encourage students from any background to apply, including but not limited to income level/ socio-economic status, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and members of other under-represented communities.

What's included in your experience

What's included

Why STEM

If you are dreaming about becoming a game developer, coder, engineer, or so many other STEM-related professions, a STEM-focused program is a great opportunity! Get the skills you need for your future career, while engaging with people from around the world and exploring a new and exciting culture.

Science

Science

experiments creating extraordinary discoveries

Technology

Technology

cutting-edge designs we can’t live without

Engineering

Engineering

brightest ideas that set the world in motion

Mathematics

Mathematics

in Einstein’s words, the poetry of logical ideas

Go to a STEM Academy in one of these countries:

Brazil

Brazil

Egypt

Egypt

Program Details

Students will have the option to rank their preferred program theme and study abroad destinations for the three choices below. Learn about the diversity of energy in Brazil, and be surprised by the technological sophistication of Egypt. Get ready for mornings full of fun learning, and afternoons full of getting out and about.

Participants in the Egypt program will live with host families, participants in the USA program will live in a dormitory, and participants in the Brazil program will have a mixture of both. AFS is committed to diversity of all kinds and its host families come from all backgrounds that reflect the diversity of the populations of Brazil and Egypt. All host families are carefully vetted by AFS before being selected to host students.


Brazil Travel Dates: TBD Summer 2019
Egypt Travel Dates: TBD Summer 2019

How to Apply 

 The application will be made available in Winter 2019.   

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please reach out to the AFS-USA BP Study Abroad Specialist at bpscholarship@afsusa.org or 1-646-751-2088 (office hours  Monday- Friday 10 AM- 6 PM EST).


A sample day in the STEM Academy

  • 08:30h – 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!

For Parents: Frequently Asked Questions

Why are BP and AFS partnering to launch the BP Global STEM Academies?

BP and AFS share a commitment to global diversity and inclusion. Talented young students between the ages of 15 to 17.5, from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. BP and AFS highly encourage females and students with financial need to apply for consideration.

What is AFS Intercultural Programs?

AFS Intercultural Programs is a leading student exchange and study abroad provider. For over 70 years, AFS has prepared and activated future leaders, global citizens and changemakers with essential 21st century intercultural skills to engage, lead and collaborate effectively in different cultural settings. AFS’s international exchange, study abroad and volunteer programs are supported by research-based intercultural learning journeys facilitated by trained AFS volunteers and staff and help people of all ages and backgrounds develop leadership, problem-solving, language and intercultural skills needed to succeed in a global economy and make a positive difference in the world.

Why is BP interested in supporting global student exchange?

As a global producer of oil and gas, with operations in over 70 countries, BP relies on STEM to remain an industry leader. The BP Global STEM Academies will help young scholars explore STEM ambitions, applications and careers while preparing them to thrive in competitive and international environments.

What costs and elements does the BP/AFS scholarship cover?

The BP Global STEM Academies scholarship:
  • Covers the cost of the four-week program
  • Pays the cost of domestic and international airfare from the student’s hometown to the host country
  • Includes AFS-provided student study abroad medical insurance
  • Includes housing
  • Includes meals
  • Covers cost of visa application fees; in countries where there is no AFS office, parents and students will need to apply and pay for visa (receipts should be retained for reimbursement)

What is not included as part of the BP/AFS scholarship?

The following items are not covered, as part of the BP/AFS scholarship:
  • Vaccinations, immunizations, and other disease-preventing medications (i.e., malaria prevention)
  • Any necessary pre-trip doctor visits and co-pays
  • Travel expenses to the regional consulate to obtain a visa
  • Checked luggage fees
  • No stipend is provided
  • Local tax liabilities

What is the BP student/participant eligibility and selection criterion?

  • Must be between the age of 15-17.5 years to apply; high school graduates or graduating seniors are not eligible
  • Must have a valid and current passport
  • The ability to participate fully in a classroom and program conducted entirely in English
  • Demonstrated interest in STEM
  • Student willingness to travel to and participate in any of the following program countries: Brazil, Egypt, or the USA.
  • Student ability and willingness to travel unaccompanied abroad; particularly relevant to children of BP employees traveling from a non AFS office country
  • BP and AFS are committed to ensuring diversity of all kinds; a focus will be placed on engaging females and students with financial need
  • Application review and scholarship selection will be conducted by AFS via a competitive, blind, third party evaluation to ensure that all students are selected without preference or prejudice and solely on the quality of their application, merits and experience

Why should my child study abroad with AFS?

For over 70 years, AFS has had an exceptional reputation for providing quality international programs that develop skills essential to succeed in the 21st century. Research shows that the AFS experience:
  • Builds confidence, broadens perspectives and enhances critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Includes respected intercultural education and language learning components that are valued by universities and employers
  • Offers fun adventures that make learning easy and meaningful to teens
  • Provides lifelong access to a global community of friends, connections and volunteer opportunities

Where will my child live?

Participants in the Egypt program will live with host families, participants in the USA program will live in a dormitory, and participants in the Brazil program will have a mixture of both. AFS is committed to diversity of all kinds and its host families come from all backgrounds that reflect the diversity of the populations of Brazil and Egypt. All host families are carefully vetted by AFS before being selected to host students.

How will AFS support my child?

The health, safety and well-being of the students are the number one priority for AFS. AFS volunteers and staff are committed and trained to support students and their families throughout the AFS experience. AFS has consistent guidelines that apply to all AFS organizations. All AFS organizations also have a local 24-hour emergency contact number that is always monitored.

What kind of candidates are you looking for?

BP and AFS share a commitment to global diversity and inclusion. Talented young students between the ages of 15 to 17.5, from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. BP and AFS highly encourage females and students with financial need to apply for consideration.

How does my child apply?

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page to submit your application.

For Students: Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose to participate in this STEM study abroad program?

The four-week, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academies will provide an exceptional opportunity to build critical intercultural skills and STEM training that will help students thrive in a global economy. Each academy will bring together diverse, international groups of students for an exciting and enriching study abroad experience.

Your AFS experience will help you mature and develop skills that you will use throughout your lifetime, including:
  • Exploring and discovering a new culture
  • Learning to live and enjoy life outside of your comfort zone
  • Enjoying amazing adventures with new friends from around the world
  • Sharing everyday life and cultural traditions with your host family or class
  • Discovering new ways to view and solve problems
  • Learning to respect and value differences
  • Becoming more self-confident and flexible as you learn how to turn challenging situations into valuable opportunities for personal growth
  • Practicing being a leader and collaborating across differences
  • Becoming part of a lifelong AFS community of over half a million global citizens

Do I get to pick my destination or is a host country selected for me?

The BP Global STEM Academies will be hosted in three countries: Brazil, Egypt and the USA.  Students must be willing and able to participate and travel to all three program host countries.

Students will be provided an opportunity to rank their program preference; however, AFS will make final program designations.

Who will I live with while I study abroad?

Participants in the Egypt program will live with host families, participants in the USA program will live in a dormitory, and participants in the Brazil program will have a mixture of both. AFS is committed to diversity of all kinds and its host families come from all backgrounds that reflect the diversity of the populations of Brazil and Egypt. All host families are carefully vetted by AFS before being selected to host students.

Does my AFS experience end when I come home?

When you attend an AFS study abroad program, you become an ‘AFSer’.  You will join a connected global community of people committed to promoting and fostering intercultural understanding. You will also have the opportunity to become an AFS volunteer and help other students and families on their AFS experience.

How do I apply?

Interested applicants should discuss this opportunity with their parent or legal guardian.  After obtaining permission from parent or legal guardian, use the APPLY NOW button on this page to submit your application.

How are scholarship recipients selected?

The first step is to ensure that all eligibility criteria are met. Application review and scholarship selection will be conducted by AFS via a competitive, blind, third party evaluation to ensure that all students are selected without preference or prejudice and solely on the quality of their application, merits and experience.

Sinegugu BP/AFS scholar 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