SOLAR will bring together American and Russian high-school students, ages 15-17, who are interested in STEM and who want to discover more about the other country’s culture. The program runs for six continuous weeks during the summer of 2020 in the United States and Russia.

 

Students selected for the program will jointly participate in space history and STEM-related activities at a number of historically important aerospace sites in the United States and Russia. The program will consist of space and engineering camps, interactive group activities, and site visits. The students will learn about the history of space exploration, and gain knowledge about Russian-American space cooperation.

Eligibility Requirements (American Participants)

  • A citizen of the United States*
  • Be 15-17 years old
  • Has no prior extended experience in Russia**
  • Able to travel for 6 weeks during July-August of 2020
  • Able to provide parents’ consent document that permits international travel

* Applicants should hold a single citizenship only. Applicants with dual citizenship may not participate.

** Important note:

  • Applicants should not have stayed in Russia for three months or more during the past three years.Applicants with relatives or family in Russia may not participate

Eligibility Requirements (Russian Participants)

  • A citizen of Russia*
  • Be 15-17 years old
  • Fluent English
  • Has no prior extended experience in the U.S.**
  • Able to travel for 6 weeks during July-August of 2020
  • Able to provide parents’ consent document that permits international travel

 

* Applicants should hold a single citizenship only. Applicants with dual citizenship may not participate.

 

** Important note:

  • Applicants should not have stayed in the U.S. for three months or more during the past three years.
  • Applicants with relatives or family in the U.S. may not participate.
  • Applicants whose family (or family member) has applied for immigration to the U.S. may not participate.

 

Selection Process

  • Participants will be selected based on their
    • interest in science, STEM activities and aerospace;
    • motivation, teamwork and leadership skills;
    • English language competency (for Russian students) and demonstrable interest in Russian language and culture (for American students).
    • interest in study-abroad programs;

    An independent committee of experts from aerospace, education and international exchanges will select program candidates.

    The selection of candidates will be conducted in two stages:

    Step 1. Participants will be asked to complete an application package. A program committee will review the applications and select semi-finalists.

    Step 2. Semi-finalists will have a Skype interview with the SOLAR project’s selection committee.

    * There will be two parallel, but separate, selections, one for American candidates, and one for Russian candidates.

    ** The selections will be completed in the spring of 2020, and all applicants will be notified of their status by May.

Successful Candidates

The selected students will be required to obtain an international passport to travel and a notarized consent document from both parents/guardians that permits international travel.

Timeline

  • February, 23, 2020: Application Deadline
  • March, 2020: Notification of the Semi-Finalists
  • April, 2020: Online Interviews with Semi-Finalists
  • End of April — beginning of May: Notification of the Finalists
  • July-August, 2020: Participants Travel to the U.S. and Russia

What is covered by the program?

SOLAR will cover the following:

  • air travel to and from participants’ home country as well as domestic travel in the U.S. and Russia;
  • accommodation in the U.S. and Russia;
  • medical insurance to cover the period of the program, except for pre-existing conditions and dental care;
  • per diem in the U.S. and Russia;
  • visa fee;
  • cost of any planned program activities in the U.S. and Russia.

SOLAR does not cover the following:

    • expenses related to obtaining an international passport and the parent’s consent document that permits international travel;
    • personal expenses exceeding per diem;
    • extra luggage;
    • phone and internet expenses.