Gifted Youth Program

Bridging the Gap between Potential and Accomplishment

The main objective of Al Alfi Foundation's Gifted Youth Program (GYP) is to ensure that talented school students, who prove to have superior intellectual capacities and high academic abilities in STEM, receive the education, encouragement, and support they need to grow into confident and accomplished lifelong learners.

The GYP was conceived as a center of excellence where young intellects meet and develop. Using an international identification method, the Cognitive Ability Test (CAT4), the program identifies gifted junior students in STEM majors and offers the high achievers one of Al Alfi Foundation's most distinguished scholarships. Not only does this program offer academic scholarships but it also provides challenging enrichment programs and competitions to enhance student capabilities and skills.

Scholarships and Enrichment activities offered through Al Alfi Gifted Youth Program

  1. Talent Identification;
  2. Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule Kairo DEO Scholarship;
  3. International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship;
  4. STEM Summer Camps for Gifted and Talented Students;
  5. National and International Competitions.


Talent Identification

Al Alfi Gifted Youth Program is certified by GL Education Group – a leading UK and international provider for integrated assessments, stakeholder surveys, self-evaluation systems and professional development services - to examine potential scholars using the Cognitive Abilities Test CAT4.

CAT4 assesses a school student’s ability to reason with and manipulate different types of material through a series of Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Ability tasks. Together, these four tests provide AL ALFI FOUNDATION with a comprehensive profile of a student’s reasoning abilities, and as such the core abilities related to learning. CAT4 Helps pinpoint gifted and talented students who are likely to excel in STEM subjects.

Talent Identification is a process whereby GYP assesses and recognizes the academic talents of bright students in STEM. Talent Identification gives students a clearer view of their academic strengths in sciences and mathematics, so will their parents and teachers. In addition, students will have the opportunity to be granted scholarships in prestigious international schools as well as to participate in advanced summer and after-school enrichment programs.

The tests are currently administered in English only.

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Primary, preparatory and secondary school students who show interest in mathematics and/or sciences at their current grades.
  • English language proficiency.



1- Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule Kairo - DEO

In 2015, the Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule Kairo (DEO) joined the AL ALFI FOUNDATION family of partners. The collaboration sponsors gifted and talented students from official language schools from grade 4 to join DEO till graduation.

The N-Class (N: New secondary section) is a separate section that starts at grade 4. The whole section is subsidized by the German government by 60 % of its actual cost. Students joining this programme are transferred from other schools not teaching the German language.

For the admission of those students into the N-class programme, they have to fulfill the below mentioned prerequisites. The N-class is integrated and mixed with the other equivalent three classes in grade 10.

The selection procedure of N-Class students takes place a year prior to admission. The students have to sit for series of tests: Mathematics, Arabic, IQ as well as an observation-period in a classroom environment.

  • A CAT test in verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning skills conducted at AAF (September / October of the year prior to admission).
  • A written test in Arabic, Mathematics and IQ based on DEO selection criteria (November/December of the year prior to admission).
  • An interview with the student and his/her parents with the selection committee (January/February in the year prior to admission).
  • An observation period at the DEO for evaluation of the social behavior (January/February in the year prior to admission).

An offer of admission is to be made by the Principal to the parents of the student, counter-signed by Al Alfi Foundation. In accepting the offer, parents will be consenting to the standard rules, regulations and procedures of the school which all students are bound by. The DEO is entitled to expel a scholarship holder in case of a serious breach of the school regulations analogous to any other student.

Students eligible to apply for the N-class should fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Egyptian nationality;
  2. Successfully passed grade 3 in a governmental or National Institute schools  acknowledged by the Egyptian Ministry of Education;
  3. Completion of nine years of age in July of the year prior to admission or end of September in the year of admission;
  4. Application for the DEO-internal testing procedure at the beginning of November in the year prior to admission through Al Alfi Foundation after having passed the CAT screening.

Regular reports will be sent to Al Alfi Foundation on the student participation, by consent of the parents, to ensure that the main purpose of the fellowship is achieved and on track.

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2- The British International School - BISC

In 2013, a partnership between AAF and the Ministry of Education created the IB Fellowship for gifted students in grades 11 and 12 to enroll in the British International School in Cairo (BISC). The IB Scholarship targets students from public, national and official language schools who are capable of successfully completing the IB requirements of coursework, formal examinations, and extramural activities, thus attaining a globally accepted qualification for entry to higher education.

Students are to be selected according to the same criteria as other students for the IB program in addition to a prescreening conducted by Al Alfi Foundation:

  • A CAT test in verbal, non-verbal and quantitative reasoning skills conducted at BISC;
  • A written test in English and Mathematics based on 2 IB papers conducted at BISC;  
  • An interview with the student and his/her parents with the Principal.

The IB Diploma Program is offered in the sixth form where students (typically between 16 and 18 years of age) prepare for their A-level (or equivalent) examinations. 18 academic subjects are offered and students undertake 3 at Higher and 3 at Standard level. The IB diploma is awarded to those who successfully complete the mixture of course work, formal examinations and extra-mural activities, which provide them with a globally accepted qualification for entry to higher education.

Regular reports will be sent to Al Alfi Foundation on the student participation, by consent of the parents, to ensure that the main purpose of the fellowship is achieved and on track.

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Enrichment Programs

One of the most important components of a well-rounded education is the practical application of knowledge. When applied creatively, theoretical lessons take on new meanings and allow young minds to flourish and blossom into the achievers of the future.

Summer Camps

The STEM Summer Camp is a five-day science camp for school students from grades 4 to 8 (between 10 and 14 years old) organized by AAF each year and held at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Each day, the students explore multiple futuristic STEM careers through interactive, hands-on, and engaging project-based activities. Students advance in learning about different science subjects such as robotics, the colonization of Mars, renewable energy, and biomedical engineering through fun-based activities and different daily experiments. In addition, they are equipped with 21st-century skills including effective communication, trans-disciplinary collaboration, problem solving, creative thinking, and project management.

Al Alfi Foundation organizes the camp in July and August each year in typically five rounds for 150 students, during which the children are actively engaged in a week-long adventure of learning and fun. The theme revolves around comparing Tesla’s laws with Newton’s laws using hands-on activities. Every day, the students explore various interactive STEM-based activities related to electricity, magnetism, and mechanics. They showed great enthusiasm for getting to know each other and an impressive aptitude for applying the new lessons.

Al Alfi STEM Summer camps aim to inspire and foster a new generation of innovators in STEM fields by improving attitudes toward STEM fields and careers, raise STEM knowledge and skills and increase participants’ interest in pursuing STEM majors and careers.


National and International Competition

International Olympiads

In the pursuit for excellence in STEM education and based on a belief in spreading the innovation culture and the informal science education on many levels, Al Alfi Foundation supported and sponsored the Egyptian National team in the International Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Robotics Olympics.

Al Alfi Foundation sponsored these Olympiads in Egypt with The following intentions:

  • To promote and improve the quality of STEM education in Egypt;
  • To increase the students interest in STEM fields and careers;
  • To promote Science fairs and Olympiads in governmental and official language schools;
  • To launch an annual National Science Olympiad to serve the local needs with international standards;
  • To prepare teachers and students for international fairs and Olympiads;
  • To create a platform for the Government, Schools, NGOs and Universities to enhance collaboration.



FameLab was started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival and has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public.

FameLab was introduced to Egypt in 2009 in support of the government’s efforts to advance science and its positive role in the society. FameLab Egypt was introduced for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa by the British Council and the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Programme.

The British Council in Egypt and the Ministry of Scientific research as main partners work together to organize the competition in Egypt to achieve the common objectives of supporting young scientists in Egypt and building a network of confident, skilled, inspiring young scientists who can bring science to the general public.

In its pursuit of excellence in STEM education, Al Alfi Foundation stepped in to sponsor the FameLab Egypt competition. Al Alfi Foundation sponsors the overall national winner and first runner up to represent Egypt in the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK.