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 

The Research Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: 13 January 2022, 12pm

The UCL Graduate Research Scholarships and Overseas Research Scholarships is now The Research Excellence Scholarship. 

UCL’s Research Excellence Scholarship (UCL-RES) is The Bartlett's new prestigious scholarship which aims to attract outstanding scholars to undertake doctoral research at UCL. 40 fully funded UCL Research Excellence Scholarships (RES) are available to exceptional applicants from any country. Both prospective and current UCL doctoral students can apply.  

Applicants should submit a Research Scholarship cover sheet, CV, lay summary, academic transcripts and TWO references to Emmy Thittanond with the subject line in the following format: RES Application – your name.

For further information on how to apply, please consult: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/research-excellence-scholarship
All applicants for the UCL-RES who have an overseas fee status and are permanent residents of the People’s Republic of China will automatically be considered for, if applicable, to the UCL-CSC (China Scholarships Council) Scholarships (TBC). 

Research Excellence Scholarships for Cross-disciplinary Training (One-Year)

Deadline: Friday 27 January 2023

The Graduate Research Scholarships for Cross Disciplinary Training (One Year) is now Research Excellence Scholarships for Cross-disciplinary Training (One-Year). UCL's Research Excellence Scholarship for Cross-disciplinary Training (RXD) is the school's new award for current research students to spend a year in another department acquiring new research skills.

Up to 4 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. The scholarships can be taken at any point during the fee-paying period of their MPhil/PhD or EngD programme. Applications must be made by the Head of the student's home department in conjunction with the Graduate Tutor. This should be sent by email to Student Funding

Application guidance and documents can be located on the Research Excellence Scholarships for Cross-disciplinary Training (One-Year) webpage.

London Arts & Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership Award

Deadline: end of January each academic year
UCL is part of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP), an AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership that offers up to 90 postgraduate studentships per year for PhD research in the Arts and Humanities.
For an application form and further information, please consult the LAHP website, which opens each year on 1 December.

The Bartlett School of Architecture Staff PhD Award

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 email Emmy Thittanond.

UCL EPSRC DTP – Open Doctoral Studentships Competition

The UCL EPSRC DTP Studentships Open Competition aims to recruit outstanding students to undertake fully-funded PhD projects (fees, stipend, training fund) at UCL. Information, opportunities and resources for students considering applying for EPSRC-funded Doctoral Training at UCL can be found here.

ESRC Studentship: Urban Studies, Transport and Architectural Space

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.

Information will follow for 2022 awards. For more information, please email Emmy Thittanond.

Students considering applying to the DTP for studentship funding should in the first instance familiarise themselves with their proposed pathway and get in touch with the pathway leader(s). For guidance on applying, please consult: https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/esrc-studentships/ and remove ‘Information will follow for 2022 awards’. 

The Bartlett Promise PhD Scholarship

The Bartlett Promise aims to enable students from backgrounds underrepresented in The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment to pursue a PhD at The Bartlett. The scholarship covers full tuition fees plus an annual allowance to cover living and study expenses, for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study. Further details are available on The Bartlett Promise PhD Scholarship page.

The Michael James Scholarship

The Michael James Scholarship will provide one scholarship to enable a UK domiciled student to pursue a PhD in Architecture and Urban History and Theory at The Bartlett School of Architecture. The scholarship will be awarded based on academic merit and financial need. The scholarship will contribute towards the fees and/or maintenance costs over the course of the recipient’s PhD degree. They are expected to start in 2022/23 academic year (the recipient may enrol in either September 2022 or January 2023) and will receive £30,000 in total to support their postgraduate studies.

For more details on how to apply please email Emmy Thittanond.

Studentship: The Built Environment and Adolescent Mental Health

Deadline: 16 January 2023
One three-year studentship for a UK candidate with strong spatial data analytical skills beginning in September 2023. The candidate will need to apply to the Architectural Space & Computation MPhil/PhD programme at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where s/he will be supported in developing a broad characterisation of Bradford’s spatial geography, in order to analyse the relationship between mental health and factors such as access to green space, proximity to local high streets, or social connectivity. Access to data on the health of children in Bradford will be provided by the Born in Bradford project. The research will contribute to the development of built environment indicators for the Connected Bradford project, which links up routine health, social and educational data on over 530,000 Bradford residents

For further information please email Professor Laura Vaughan.

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

For more information, please email the Admissions team at bartlett.pgr-admissions@ucl.ac.uk.

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 the Research Team.

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.