The Bartlett School of Architecture


PhD Scholarships and Funding

There are various scholarship and funding opportunities available to MPhil/PhD students at The Bartlett School of Architecture, allowing them to pursue further studies and ground-breaking research.

PhD Scholarships and Funding
UCL Scholarships

Scholarships for students not currently enrolled 

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships

Deadline: 06 January 2021
UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) and UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (UCL-ORS) aim to attract high-quality students to undertake research at UCL. 

To apply for either or both of these opportunities, please submit a Research Scholarship cover sheet, CV, lay summary, academic transcripts and TWO references to Thomas Abbs, with the subject line in the following format: GRS/ORS Application – your name. 

Application guidance and documents can be located on the Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships pages.

Graduate Research Scholarships for Cross Disciplinary Training (One-Year)

Deadline: 27 January 2021
The Graduate Research Scholarships for Cross Disciplinary Training allow current research students to spend a year in another department acquiring new research skills.

Up to four scholarships annually are available to full-time UCL MPhil/PhD and EngD students from any country wishing to spend an additional year of their MPhil/PhD or EngD in another UCL department, acquiring research skills and knowledge from a different discipline, which can be applied in their normal area of research. Training should be of one year's duration to permit sustained exposure to the new discipline.

Application guidance and documents can be located on the GRS Cross Disciplinary Training page.

London Arts & Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership Award

The AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership (LAHP) will be awarding up to 90 studentships for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines at UCL, King’s College London and the School of Advanced Study, commencing October 2020. The studentships, which normally cover fees and maintenance allowance (stipend), are available to UK and EU students.

The studentship competition is open for applications until 28 January 2020. We strongly recommend that students wishing to apply for this studentship should submit their applications for a place to study on their chosen PhD programme by 31 January 2020. Results of the competition will be confirmed in early April.

All information, including the guidelines on how to apply can be found on the LAHP website.

Find out more information about this award LAHP DTP Open Studentship Competition online application form

The Bartlett School of Architecture Staff PhD Award

Deadline: 07 February 2020
The Staff PhD Award is for staff at The Bartlett School of Architecture who wish to pursue PhD study. The award will cover the standard UCL postgraduate UK/EU rate fees for full-time or part-time study. Applicants must be employed by The Bartlett School of Architecture and in receipt of an offer of admission to, or currently registered at, a research degree programme in UCL, or another university.

For more information, please contact Thomas Abbs

Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship

Students who plan to explore the nature of religious, racial and cultural prejudices and to find ways of combating them may wish to consider the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Scholarship.

The deadline for this scholarship will be provided in spring 2020. 

UCL EPSRC DTP – Open Doctoral Studentships Competition

Deadline: 18 March 2020

This studentship is available for all PhD candidates at The Bartlett School of Architecture, provided that the candidate's research falls within the EPSRC remit.

The studentship covers fees at the Home/EU rate, and successful applicants who are British citizens, or meet the UK residency requirements, may also receive a tax-free annual stipend at the current UCL/EPSRC rates. EU (non-UK) nationals who do not meet the residency criteria and non-EU nationals may be eligible if they also receive an ODA (Overseas Doctoral Award). If an ODA is required, the admitting department will need to submit a separate ODA application.
In order to be eligible, candidates must apply for their 2020 PhD studies by the studentship deadline and must not already have any major scholarships from other sources. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the academic supervisor most suited to their research area before applying.

For for more information, please contact Thomas Abbs.

ESRC Studentship: Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space

Deadline for expressions of interest: 14 December 2020 at 13:00 GMT
The Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space pathway is one of 25 pathways that comprise the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership (UBEL DTP).

This pathway can submit candidates for consideration via a competitive process for both +3 and 1+3 awards. The 1+3 route provides funding for 1 year of the Space Syntax: Architecture and Cities MSc then 3 years of PhD research.

Awards will be for a start date of September 2021. The studentship will normally cover fees and include a maintenance stipend over three years (for +3 candidates) or four years (for 1+3 candidates).

For more information, please contact Thomas Abbs.

Scholarships for currently enrolled students

The Bartlett Faculty Funding

The Bartlett Faculty has three schemes with rolling deadlines to help fund the various activities of current MPhil/PhD students and these should be the first port of call for financial requests concerning conference funding or research projects funding.

  • The Bartlett Student Conference Fund
  • The Bartlett External Training Fund
  • The Bartlett Doctoral Initiative Fund
  • The Bartlett Exentuating Circumstances Fund

Find out more about these funds

The Architectural Research Fund

In cases where conference or research project expenses are not fully covered by Faculty funds, students may apply for top-up or matched funds through the Architectural Research Fund, which has two rounds every year (November and February).

In cases where a proposed student-led event or initiative is not eligible for Bartlett Faculty Doctoral funds, then students are eligible to apply to the Architectural Research Fund with their proposal in the February round. Information about this fund is circulated at the start of each term.

For more information, please contact Amy White

The Bartlett-Canadian Centre for Architecture Collection Research Grant

Since 2008, The Bartlett and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) have had a research grant partnership. It enables students from The Bartlett's Architectural Design MPhil/PhDArchitectural & Urban History & Theory MPhil/PhD, Architectural Space & Computation MPhil/PhD and Architecture & Digital Theory MPhil/PhD to conduct research at the CCA’s Library and Collections in Montreal, Canada, alongside doctoral students in architecture from many other institutions.

This is a unique opportunity to conduct research at one of the world’s leading centres for the study of architecture. The CCA has an outstanding library collection, as well as a vast collection of architectural design documentation - conceptual studies, drawings, plans, models, prints, and master photographs, archives and oral histories of individual architects (including Cedric Price, Aldo Rossi, Gordon Matta-Clark and James Stirling).

In order to better promote its other aim of stimulating academic exchange between students, the CCA requires grant recipients participate in its Toolkit seminar, a week-long event in July each year devoted to discussing current research practices and the growth of critical thinking in developing new areas of scholarship. 

Details of this grant will be circulated as soon as they are available.