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  

If applicants are planning to apply for funding, it is crucial that you have had ongoing positive conversations with your potential supervisor(s) to request a reference and submit your UCL admissions application in good time (minimum 2 months) prior to scholarship deadlines

The Research Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: 12 January 2024

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: 26 January 2024

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 our 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.

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

Deadline: 12 January 2024

UCL's Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS) supports BAME postgraduate research degree students. UCL is running this scholarship in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship. The scheme offers full financial support and a skills development programme, both designed to promote academia as a more attractive career option. The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate UK/home rate plus a maintenance stipend for full-time study (benefits are calculated 'pro rata' for part-time students). The scholarship also includes additional research costs of up to £1,200 per year for the stated duration of the programme plus a one-off conference cost of £1000.

Please see here for further information and guidance on the application process.

London Arts & Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership Award

Deadline: 26 January 2024, 5pm (UK Time)

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 further information on the application process, please consult the LAHP website. The LAHP Open studentship competition for 2024/25 entry will open for applications on 27 November 2023.

UCL EPSRC DTP – Open Doctoral Studentships Competition

Application deadline (Round 1): 8 January 2024, 1pm (UK Time)

The UCL EPSRC DTP Studentships aims to recruit outstanding students to undertake fully-funded PhD projects at UCL. All studentships are fully funded for 4 years. They provide: 4 years fees (Home rate), maintenance stipend at the UCL EPSRC DTP enhanced rate, and Research Training Support Grant (RTSG). This is to cover additional costs of training e.g. courses, project costs, conferences, travel. For overseas fee status students, a UCL award covers the fee difference between the Home and international fee rate. Students will be initially registered for 4 years and are expected to submit their thesis within the 4-year funded period.The UCL EPSRC DTP 2024/25 recruitment page has now been updated with relevant information for prospective applicants to review. Please browse the project catalogue, and select ‘Bartlett School of Architecture’ under Faculty of the Built Environment to review projects available within our department.

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.

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/

Applications for 2024 entry will open in the autumn term, further information on how to apply and a schedule of deadlines will be available in due course. 

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.

    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

    The Architecture Research Fund (ARF) funds excellence in architectural research projects completed before 30 June 2024 for all related costs/expenditure which:

    • Demonstrate excellent research REF2028 (Research Excellence Framework) quality and impact;
    • Build capacity in early career researchers as individuals or through collaboration with senior colleagues; 
    • Develop streams of research with the potential to attract future external funding.

    We especially encourage applications which respond to UCL's 2022-27 Grand Challenges: Climate Crisis, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Data-empowered societies, Inequalities, Intercultural Communication. Find out more about the Grand Challenges here.

    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, students are instead 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.

    Applications are now open for the November funding round.

    The following funds are available for: 

    • The production of research outputs by individual staff of all categories (max. £2,500);
    • Collaborative research projects by two or more staff members (max. £5,000);
    • MPhil/PhD led research training otherwise unavailable at UCL (max. £700).
    • MPhil/PhD conference attendance (which may be applied for in conjunction with the Faculty Student Conference Fund (max. £500). 

    Please also note: 

    Overall ARF funds are reduced for this round, which will affect the number of successful applications awarded.
    This round is not open to sabbatical applications. 
    Completed applications (see attached files) should be emailed to bartlett.arch.researchandenterprise@ucl.ac.uk as a single PDF, before 17:00, Monday 27 November.
    Please read the recently updated policy and also note that any application which exceeds the required page length will not be considered.

    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.