BP scholarship programme

What is it?

The BP Scholarship Programme is an early engagement scheme intended to encourage and support students with a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 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. They are open to all undergraduate students (International and UK/EU) who are in their first year, studying on an eligible programme.

The scholarship programme consists of:

  • £3,000  for years 2 & 3 (of a BSc/BEng) or years 2, 3 & 4 (of a MSci/MEng) 
  • A series of engagement activities with BP including:
    • Year 1
       - Invitation to the BP Ultimate Field Trip Grand Final
       - BP Scholar Welcome Day
    • Year 2
       - BP Scholar 3 day conference in September
       - Discovery Day 
       - Shadow an Intern Day
    • Year 3
       - Fast track selection for internship if appropriate year (they should be in their penultimate year) or
       - Discovery Day/Shadow an Intern Day
    • Year 4
       - Fast track selection for internship if appropriate year (for scholars in their  penultimate year of study) or
       - Internship/Discovery Day/Shadow an Intern Day
  • Campus team events to introduce scholars to the campus team members and other scholars

Selection process

  • Students during their first term on selected courses are invited to complete an online application form. Application deadline is midnight 02 December 2018.
  • Situational judgement questionnaire
  • Online psychometric tests
  • Personal competency interview

Find out more from our current BP Scholars:  

Benjamin Handley, 3rd Year Theoretical Physics


When I received the phone call from BP I was over the moon to discover that I had been awarded the scholarship. As a STEM Physics student, it was such a privilege to be acknowledged by an international organisation and was very exciting to be given the opportunity to explore such a large industry first hand. The scholarship has afforded me insight into the options available after education. Events such as the Scholar Discovery Day and the Simulation Conference are invaluable opportunities as a student.

I aspire to work in theoretical research either academically or in industry. In my second year of study, both BP and the Physics department were supportive of me changing my course from Physics to Theoretical Physics, enabling me to tailor my course to my interests. The flexibility of courses at Birmingham means I am able to choose modules such as Nuclear Physics & Neutrinos, Fission & Fusion, and Numerical Modelling to increase my knowledge of both the energy industry and theoretical research simultaneously.

The quality of teaching here at Birmingham and the events and coaching provided by BP have made my time at university very engaging and have set me up extremely well for tackling a career in STEM.

Rachel Lynch, 2nd year Chemical Engineering

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I am just about to start my second year of Chemical and Energy Engineering and my second year of the BP Stem Scholarship programme. Outside of university study I play hockey, run, swim and I am also a lifeguard. The scholarship has taken the pressure off me having to work during term time and enabled me to concentrate on university work and extracurricular interests. It has also provided a link between academic study and the working environment.

So far during the programme I have been invited to, and have attended, the Scholar Induction Day and the 3-day energy conference. Both these events have given me vital insight into, not only BP as a company, but also the oil and gas industry as a whole. Throughout these events I have spoken to numerous employees of BP who tell their own inspiring stories. As a scholar I was also notified of the Shadow an Intern Day, which I had to apply for separately, but being a scholar meant I was aware of it and I was fortunate enough to earn a place to shadow a process engineer intern.

The scholarship has provided me with enthusiasm and inspiration to work for my degree and I would fully recommend applying for this opportunity which puts all the University study into context.

Emma Willet 2nd year Physics

Being a BP Scholar has been a great experience so far. As I start my second year of Physics, the opportunities I’ve had to gain an insight into the international energy industry will certainly be useful when making decisions about my future path. Both the Induction Day and Simulation Conference have been interesting experiences, helping me to understand where my degree could lead me in this industry. Meeting the other scholars – those in upper years here at Birmingham and others from around the country – has been a highlight so far. Though the application process was challenging, it has given me confidence that I can be successful when applying to internships for this summer.Emma Willett - BP Photograph

Outside of labs and lectures I am a member of WISE (Women In Science and Engineering) and Birmingham’s AstroSoc. Last year I was able to work on a project to launch a weather balloon to the stratosphere. I also enjoy swimming and walking, and took part in the Physics Department trip to the Raymond Priestly Centre in Coniston in my first year. I’ve really enjoyed my time at Birmingham so far and the flexibility of my course has allowed me to explore my interests in both particle and astrophysics. After my degree I would like to work in research and development, though since I’m not sure exactly where I’m keeping my options open for now!

I would definitely recommend applying to the BP Scholarship to anyone on an eligible programme. The scope of their work is so broad that you’re sure to find an area that interests you and the opportunities it provides are hard to find elsewhere.