BP STEM scholarships

Launched in 2012, the BP STEM Scholarships are intended to encourage and support students with a passion for certain STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects. 

Each 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 £5000 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.

Aimed at building capacity in skills and knowledge that is greatly needed in the energy industry, the scholarships focus on supporting the education and development of the next generation of engineers and scientists.

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 investing in tomorrow’s talent, from all social backgrounds. We hope the BP STEM Scholarships will lighten students’ concerns about funding their further education in today’s economic climate and encourage more of the brightest and best minds to study STEM subjects

Suzy Styles, 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 first stage of the application process is the BP online scholarship application form. This is a really important part of the application process so do take time to work on it properly. The next stage is the online psychometric test in numeracy and verbal reasoning with successful students invited to a face to face interview on campus with one of the BP graduate recruitment team. Further details will be made available to prospective scholars prior to application.

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
Edwina Cooke,
Undergraduate Marketing Officer
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
Tel:  (+44) (0) 121 414 4272
Email:   a.e.m.cooke@bham.ac.uk