Who is funding this scholarship?
BP and AFS have partnered to develop the BP Global STEM Academies and BP has provided funding for 100 full scholarships. Why? Global competencies and STEM education are critical for student success in today’s global economy. The goal of these scholarships is to provide this study abroad opportunity to students from diverse backgrounds and in need of financial support.
What is BP?
BP is a global energy company with wide reach across the world’s energy system. The energy we produce serves to power economic growth and lift people out of poverty. In the future, the way heat, light and mobility are delivered will change. We aim to anchor our business in these changing patterns of demand, rather than in the quest for supply. We have a real contribution to make to the world’s ambition of a low carbon future. We have operations in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Asia and Africa, and employ around 75,000 people.
What kind of candidates are you looking for?
AFS and BP share a commitment to diversity and encourage students from any background to apply.
This scholarship is ideal for, but not limited to, students with demonstrated strengths in academics, but a particular interest in science, technology, engineering, math and other fields important to the energy industry, as well as an interest to study abroad and meet other cultures.
Strong candidates will be ready to fully immerse themselves in the academic and intercultural learning experience for the duration of the program.
What will I need to do to complete an application?
To complete an application, you will first be asked to fill in some basic information to ensure that you are eligible to apply. Once we have verified your eligibility, you will need to provide some additional information about yourself, complete four short essay questions, provide us with a school transcript, and verify your parent or guardian’s consent to apply.
Candidates may be asked to provide additional information for scholarship consideration.
What is the participant eligibility criteria?
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 Academy destinations – Brazil, Egypt, United States
Ability and willingness to travel unaccompanied abroad
BP and AFS are committed to ensuring diversity of all kinds; a focus will be placed on engaging females and students with financial need
How are scholarship recipients selected?
The first step is to ensure that all eligibility criteria are met. Application review and scholarship selection will then be conducted by AFS on a competitive, blind, third-party evaluation to ensure that all students are selected without preference or prejudice and solely on the quality of their application, merits, and experience. A select number of applicants will be invited for an interview after which scholarship winners will be chosen and notified.
Do I get to pick my destination or is a host country selected for me?
Students will be studying in Brazil, Egypt and USA* – countries with significant BP operations. While a student’s preference is considered, students must be flexible as AFS works to find the best fit for each student. *United States citizens and residents will not generally be considered for the BP Global STEM Academy based in the US. The scholarship application will require you to select all three destinations.
AFS reserves the right to choose the final country destination and does not guarantee you will be offered a scholarship to your top country preference listed on your application
What is included in the scholarship?
Your scholarship covers the AFS program fee, domestic and international airfares, your visa (if necessary), government fees to obtain a passport (if needed), and all program costs, including meals and housing.
What is not included in the scholarship?
Expenses not covered by the scholarship include, but are not limited, to:
Vaccinations, immunizations, and other disease-preventing medications (i.e. malaria)
Travel expenses to the regional consulate to obtain a visa and to your initial point of departure
Additional spending money
Checked luggage fees
How do I apply?
The application deadline has passed for the 2019 Academy.
Who will I live with while I am abroad?
Participants on the Egypt program will live with host families, the Brazil program accommodations will include a mixture of living with a host family and a dormitory stay. AFS is committed to diversity of all kinds and its host families come from all backgrounds that reflect the diversity of the populations of Brazil and Egypt. All host families are carefully vetted by AFS.
What are the dates of the Academies?
Brazil: June 15 – July 13
Egypt: June 27 – July 23