Race to Space


Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Your skills in science, math and English can help make your dream come true! Applications are due by Sunday, May 22 for the Space Camp Scholarship.

Space Camp is an interactive educational experience that brings theory to life through simulated training aboard the NASA Space Shuttle. Twelve Moroccan and Algerian high school students aged 15-18 who excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics will receive scholarships to the Advanced Space Academy: a challenging mental, emotional and physical experience at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. All participant costs (including air and ground transportation, lodging, meals and incidental expenses) will be paid by the U.S. Department of State.

Submit a 3 min (max) video of yourself explaining a scientific concept in a simplified way (in the English language)

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Be sure that you meet all eligibility requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Moroccan citizen residing in Morocco / Algerian citizen residing in Algeria
  • Born between August 1, 1998 and July 30, 2001
  • For Morocco: 14/20 average on most recent transcripts, including strong grades in science and math
  • For Algeria: 12/20 average on the transcripts of the second trimester is an absolute minimum, but a 14 and more average will be looked upon favorably by the jury, while strong grades in science and math is a strong requirement.
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in math, science or technology inside and outside the classroom
  • Strong English language skills (program is conducted entirely in English)

Event Organizers & Sponsors

The winners of 2015 Edition

Fatima Zaidouni

Salima Soufi

Yousra Taryous

El Mehdi Benammi

Mehdi Barramou

Frequently Asked Questions

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Can a participant who is a dual citizen (U.S. and country of origin) participate in the 2016 SPACE CAMP SCHOLARSHIP?

No.  U.S. citizens and permanent residents (green card holders) are NOT eligible to participate in this program.

Would someone who has already been to the U.S. be disqualified?

No.  Participants with very minimal experience in the United States may be considered for the program.  However, priority will be given to nominees with no previous experience in the United States. 

How much free time will a participant have during the program? 

There will be some free time during the program.  However, nominees MUST understand that this is an intensive academic program and they are expected to fully participate in all activities. 

If a participant has relatives in the U.S., would he/she have time to see them? 

Participants will NOT be allowed to leave the Academy to visit relatives or friends. 

Can a participant arrive early/late or stay after the Space Camp Program?

No.  Participants who choose to travel to the United States on the Space Camp Scholarship are required to abide by the terms and conditions of the program.  These terms state clearly that participants may NOT arrive in the United States before the program start date or remain in the country after the close of the program.