Frequently Asked Questions

The Application Is Currently Open. Thank you for your interest in the Space-Oriented Learning for Americans and Russians Program. We receive applications until February 23, 2020, 11:59 PM UTC.

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.

American applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • Be 15-17 years old on February, 23, 2020.
  • 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 U.S.-Russian 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.

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.


Russian applicants should meet the following requirements:

  • A citizen of Russia
  • Be 15-17 years old on February, 23, 2020.
  • 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.

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;
  • 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.

All requirements of the program are strict. Your application may be rejected if you do not meet any of the requirements.

Please submit your application no later than February, 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM UTC.

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.

Yes, all finalists will receive health insurance that covers medical care and medical evacuation.

Thank you for your interest in the SOLAR Program. Unfortunately, only citizens of the United States and Russian Federation can apply for the program.

Please provide all letters of recommendation in English.