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Welcome BP employees and children of BP employees! BP and AFS have partnered to create the BP Global STEM Academies to help high schoolers develop the knowledge, critical STEM skills, and intercultural understanding to propel their future success. The BP Global STEM Academies are full scholarship programs in Brazil, Egypt, and the USA, focusing on science, technology, engineering, math and their exciting applications integrated with developing key global competencies like language skills, adaptability, problem-solving, collaboration, and the ability to build bridges across cultures.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Talented young people from all backgrounds who reflect the diversity of populations around the world, particularly young women and students with financial need, are encouraged to apply

  • Must be a child of a BP employee (or BP employee is a legal guardian) in order to qualify for the scholarships allocated for children of BP employees; children of contractors and extended family members are NOT eligible
  • Must be born between December 1, 2001 and June 1, 2004
  • The ability to participate fully in a classroom and program conducted entirely in English
  • Demonstrated interest in STEM, study abroad and interacting with different cultures
  • Willingness to attend all three Academy destinations – Brazil, Egypt, or the USA
  • Ability and willingness to travel unaccompanied abroad
  • Ability and willingness to secure travel visa if selected

For more details on eligibility requirements, please see Frequently Asked Questions section below.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2019 BP Global STEM Academies HAS BEEN EXTENDED – the deadline is now 4 March 2019, 11.59 PM EST.

 

Why STEM?

If you are dreaming about becoming a game developer, coder, engineer, or future innovator, a STEM-focused program is a great opportunity! Get the critical skills you need, while engaging with people from around the world and exploring a new and exciting culture.
SCIE

Science

experiments creating extraordinary discoveries

TECH

Technology

cutting-edge designs we can’t live without

ENG

Engineering

brightest ideas that set the world in motion

MATH

Mathematics

in Einstein’s words, the poetry of logical ideas

Go to a STEM Academy in one of these countries:

Becoming a global citizen to make an impact in the world

“It was an amazing experience. I still think about it every day and I think it helped me a lot for my future. I had the chance to grow, to get to know all those wonderful people from around the world, to learn more in STEM topics and about cultures.”

-2018 BP Global STEM Academy Participant 

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Brazil: June 15-July 13

The Brazil BP Global STEM Academy, based in the coastal town of Natal, will dive into the subjects of energy and innovation. The educational program will mainly take place at the Instituto Federal (IF), a high school and university education institute in Natal. Apart from classes and labs at IF, scholarship winners will take part in several activities and excursions supported by outside organizations – such as participating in the state science fair; visiting solar, Aeolic and thermal power plants; and attending a conference at the International Physics Institute. Students will also be introduced to employees at BP in Brazil, providing them with an excellent opportunity to meet and be inspired by people working in STEM fields and to create valuable connections for the future. Last, but not least, the scholarship winners will strengthen their intercultural and language skills by spending a weekend with an AFS-vetted and approved Brazilian host family, join Portuguese language classes and participate in AFS-led workshops on active global citizenship.

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Egypt: June 27-July 23

The Egypt BP Global STEM Academy, based in the sprawling capital Cairo, will give students the opportunity to thoroughly explore STEM subjects, with a focus on technology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To provide the participants with an experience that will enrich their skills and awaken their curiosity, the Egypt BP Global STEM Academy has partnered with the Information Technology Institute (ITI) – a pioneering national institute that applies an empirical learning approach to technological development challenges – and organizations with expertise in sustainable development and climate change for its classes and workshops. Apart from the workshops and classes, students will also meet with local representatives from BP, giving them a great opportunity to meet and be inspired by people working in STEM fields and to create valuable connections for the future. Last, but not least, students will get to encounter Egyptian culture and enhance their language and intercultural skills by living with AFS-vetted and approved host families, participating in Arabic language classes, as well as visiting the many ancient and important historical sites of Egypt.

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USA: July 7-August 1

The USA BP Global STEM Academy will be based in the most diverse city in America – Houston, Texas.  Alive with energy and rich in diversity, this world-class city is home to a vibrant economy, a dynamic mix of imagination, talent and first-class attractions. The Houston Academy will give students the opportunity to thoroughly explore STEM subjects, with a focus on technology, energy and regional exploration that will enrich student skills and awaken their curiosity. Apart from the hands-on workshops and classes, students will visit BP’s US headquarters, and meet with BP leaders and inspiring STEM professionals, giving them an opportunity to discuss real-world innovation and learn about the energy transition. Students will also have the opportunity to tour critical regional institutions, like NASA’s Johnson Space Center, that have led the United States and the world on a continuing adventure of human exploration, discovery and achievement.

For Parents: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any questions about this program? Check out this space for answers!

Please Note: This FAQ document is for BP employees and their children. BP employee children applying for the scholarship will be asked to answer questions about their parent(s) / legal guardian, including BP work email address and BP segment. Non-BP employee children (external community applicants) from participating countries interested in learning more about the program and applying for a scholarship should access information on the external AFS program page: https://afs.org/stem-academy-scholarships/

BP relies on cutting-edge innovation and the minds of the brightest scientists and engineers to help us develop the energy the world needs.  As a global energy leader, BP wants to attract, develop and retain the best talent from the diversity our world offers. The BP Global STEM Academies will focus on recruiting students from across the globe and providing these talented young people with an exceptional, international opportunity to build critical intercultural skills and develop their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) training to help them thrive in a global economy.

For Students: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any questions about this program? Check out this space for answers!

Please Note: This FAQ document is for BP employees and their children. BP employee children applying for the scholarship will be asked to answer questions about their parent(s) / legal guardian, including BP work email address and BP segment. Non-BP employee children (external community applicants) from participating countries interested in learning more about the program and applying for a scholarship should access information on the external AFS program page: https://afs.org/stem-academy-scholarships/

These four-week, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) Academies provide an exceptional opportunity to build critical intercultural skills and drive advanced STEM training that will help students thrive in a global economy. Each Academy will bring together diverse, international groups of students for an exciting and enriching study abroad experience.

Your AFS experience will help you mature and develop skills that you will use throughout your lifetime, including:

  • Discovering new ways to view and solve problems
  • Learning to respect and value differences
  • Becoming more self-confident and flexible as you learn how to turn challenging situations into valuable opportunities for personal growth
  • Exploring and discovering a new culture
  • Learning to live and enjoy life outside of your comfort zone
  • Enjoying amazing adventures with new friends from around the world
  • Sharing everyday life and cultural traditions with your host family or cohort
  • Practicing being a leader and collaborating across differences
  • Becoming part of a lifelong AFS community of over half a million global citizens

By experiencing STEM subjects in a different culture, AFS and BP are preparing the workforce of the future

“Studying in another country will give me the chance to see how people from different cultures manage and solve similar problems, which I’m committed to put into practice once I come back to my country.”

-2018 BP Global STEM Academy Participant