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Welcome bp employees and children of bp employees! Apply now for this once in a lifetime opportunity. bp and AFS have partnered to host the bp Global STEM Academies, four-week programs in Brazil, Egypt, India, and the USA focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and global competence education. Scholarship winners will enrich their STEM knowledge and skills through interactive, hands-on curriculum, while developing critical global competencies, including problem solving, analytical skills, intercultural understanding, and the ability to build bridges across cultures. The pro gram culminates with team projects and presentations that offer potential solutions to real world challenges, with an emphasis on climate change and the energy transition. The program is only available via scholarship award – see below for eligibility criteria.

 

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, 2002 and June 1, 2005 (for participation in the 2020-2021 program)
  • 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 four Academy destinations: Brazil, Egypt, India 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.

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed.

 

bp Global STEM Academies Highlights

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Field Trips
  • Cultural Tours
  • Domestic Transport
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

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

Where will you go?

  1. Brazil

  2. Egypt

  3. India

  4. USA

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.”

-bp Global STEM Academy Participant 

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Brazil

Explore innovations in renewable energy from Brazilian scientists in the coastal city of Natal and bustling São Paulo. Scholarship winners will meet with professors and learn about their research at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, also making field trips to the Institute of Physics, Brain Institute, and Digital Metropolis Institute. Gain a deeper understanding of how we power our cities through field trips to solar, wind, and thermal plants, and learn about opportunities for your own career through projects and mentorship by STEM professionals at bp Brazil. This immersive 4-week experience includes a homestay weekend with a Brazilian family and activities with Brazilian high schoolers, as well as Portuguese language classes and workshops to build intercultural leadership and global citizenship skills.

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Egypt

In “the cradle of civilization”, explore wonders such as the pyramids and the Nile River, as well as the unique environmental sustainability practices in the modern city of Cairo. Over this 4-week program, learn about topics such as water conservation, waste management, and microbiology through hands-on STEM activities both in the field and conducted in laboratories. In addition to a homestay experience with a local family, scholarship winners will have the opportunity to take Arabic language classes and volunteer alongside local youth in community service projects. bp Egypt will also host workshops, team-building activities, and offer mentorship by STEM professionals for this diverse cohort of scholars.

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USA

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for a summer of hands-on STEM explorations in the metropolitan city of Houston, Texas. Learn with your global peers through programs hosted at the University of Houston, witness advancements in STEM with field trips to world-renowned sites such as NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital, and help protect the healthy wetlands and coastal habitats of Sweetwater Preserve. Scholarship winners will also experience American culture through the city’s arts and cultural events such as Theatre Under the Stars. Over the 4-week program, a mentor from the bp USA headquarters will support scholars in designing projects and learning about how to pursue their own STEM careers.

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India

Witness both the rich culture and leading research and development in one of India’s educational hubs, the city of Indore. Scholarship winners in the first year of the India Academy will engage in hands-on workshops on topics such as robotics and technology driven software, participate in service-leadership projects, talk with industry leaders, and embark on trips to explore innovations in STEM fields at laboratories, universities, and in the private sector. bp India will also offer scholars the chance to connect with a mentor and find out more about careers in STEM. With tours of the city’s iconic landmarks, extracurricular activities like music, dance, and art, and activities with peers, scholars will develop a deeper understanding of India’s uniquely diverse culture and history.

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 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.”

-bp Global STEM Academy Participant