BP scholarships


The BP Scholarships are intended to encourage and support students with a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This year, BP are welcoming applications from Computer Science, Economics and Business students too!

This year BP will offer scholarships to up to 8 students from the University of Birmingham. Each scholarship is worth up to £20,000 with scholars receiving £5,000 per year for the duration of their degree (up to four years). The scholarship is not intended to cover fees but offer students support with the costs of resources and living.

As well as financial support, scholars will be offered unique access to the energy industry. In each year of their degree they will be invited to join a range of activities such as the ‘Scholars Welcome Day’ in year 1 and, a three-day conference in year 2. Both events will enable students to build their understanding of the oil and gas industry and the opportunities that exist to apply their degree subject beyond graduation. In addition, BP will run more informal events on campus and scholars will be invited to join BP as guests at high profile events such as the Ultimate Field Trip Grand Final.

BP is committed to future talent. We are focussed on building relationships with top students from a range of backgrounds and subjects areas. This year we are excited to have widened our support for first year students at Birmingham, by opening up our Scholarship programme to include Computer Science, Business and Economics students in addition to those studying STEM subjects. We hope that these scholarships will support students financially and, also through our engagement activities, provide insight into the energy industry and the range of opportunities within it.
Suzy Style, Head of UK Graduate Recruitment, BP

How to apply

Undergraduates can apply for a scholarship in the first term of their first year at university. Eligible students will be contacted by the university and sent details of how to apply. The application process however is very straightforward and is designed to give everyone the best chance to share their experiences with the BP team.

The application process is as follows:

  1. Complete a BP online scholarship application form (Application deadline - Midday 27 November 2015)
  2. Complete a situational judgement questionnaire
  3. Complete an online psychometric test in numeracy and verbal reasoning
  4. Face-to-face interviews on campus with the BP recruitment team (Thursday 21 - Friday 22 January 2016)

Successful scholars will be fast tracked through either the intern or graduate selection process should they choose to apply later in their degree. 

View a list of eligible degree subjects for a BP STEM scholarship.

What the University thinks

Seldom do students get such an opportunity, right from their first year, to gain insights and first-hand experience of the way a company operates – especially a company with the superb reputation and global impact of BP.  It takes students of exceptional quality to rise to the challenge of competing for BP STEM scholarships. Birmingham’s Engineering and Physical Sciences students have already demonstrated that they are not lacking in this quality. Long may this and our happy association with BP continue.

Dr Steven F. Quigley, Director of Education, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

To find out more about BP visit www.bp.com/ukgraduates and follow BP on facebook.

For further information on the BP STEM Scholarship, please contact
Natasha Nelson
Deputy Marketing Manager
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
Tel:  (+44) (0) 121 414 2974
Email:  n.l.nelson@bham.ac.uk