BP scholarships


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

BP will offer scholarships to up to 10 students from the University of Birmingham for 2019. Each scholarship is worth up to £9,000, with scholars receiving £3,000 from their second 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. 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. The 2019 pplication deadline is to be confirmed.
  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

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 scholarship.

What the University says:
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 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, 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 Scholarship, please contact
Natasha Nelson
Marketing Manager
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Tel:  (+44) (0) 121 414 2974
Email:  n.l.nelson@bham.ac.uk