The Bartlett


The Bartlett Promise

Across higher education and in industry, the built environment is not diverse enough. Here at The Bartlett, we promise to do better.

Our Goal

  • Provide a university education open to all regardless of means
  • Diversify the student body and so to diversify the built environment professions

The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

This scholarship aims to enable students from backgrounds under-represented in The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment to pursue their undergraduate studies at The Bartlett.

Key information


Full tuition fees plus an annual allowance to cover living and study expenses (£15,364), for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study.

Number of awards

Ten scholarships are available to students starting in 2021

Available to

Prospective students



Selection criteria

We will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances. You will need to demonstrate these in your application. Assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria. 


To begin studying at The Bartlett in September 2021, the deadline to apply will be in July 2021 (more details to follow)

Eligibility criteria for 2021*

Eligible candidates must meet all the mandatory criteria:

  • hold UK fee status or be a forced migrant (as defined by UCL);
  • have not completed undergraduate study either at UCL or elsewhere previously;
  • hold an offer of admission to study on one of the below Bartlett undergraduate programmes for the 2021 intake**:
    • Architecture BSc (ARB/RIBA Part 1) BSc
    • Architecture MSci
    • Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies BSc 
    • Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies (with year abroad) BSc
    • Engineering & Architectural Design MEng 
    • Project Management for Construction BSc
    • Project Management for Construction (Sandwich) BSc
    • Urban Planning and Real Estate BSc
    • Urban Planning, Design and Management BSc
    • Urban Studies BSc

Additional eligibility criteria

Eligible candidates must also meet at least one of the additional criteria detailed below. 

  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL;***
  • be a forced migrant (as defined by UCL);
  • be from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background;****
  • be from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community;*****
  • be unable to access Student Finance because of immigration status;
  • receive (or were eligible for) free school meals;
  • have a disability; 
  • be a care leaver;
  • be first generation in family to attend university;
  • attend (or have attended) a low-performing school for either GCSE or A-level;******
  • live in a disadvantaged neighbourhood *******

* Eligibility criteria for 2021/22 and beyond may differ.
** The Promise Scholarship cannot be deferred, those awarded will need to take up their offer of study in the 2021 academic year in order to receive the scholarship.  
*** With an assessed household income of less than £42,875.  
**** We define BAME as those of a non-white heritage and individuals of mixed-heritage who self-identify as also coming from a BAME background. 
***** Underrepresented groups in Higher Education.
****** This means your school falls into the lower 50% of schools in England and Wales for average GCSE achievement and/or average A-level point score.
******* We use POLAR classification and/or Index of Multiple of Deprivation (IMD) data to identify levels of financial, social, economic or educational deprivation, as defined by home postcode.



We will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances. You will need to demonstrate these in your application.

As part of the application process selected candidates will be asked to engage in a one-to-one dialogue with The Windsor Fellowship******* to discuss anything else which you feel might support your application. Dialogues will be conducted electronically via an appropriate method agreed between The Windsor Fellowship and applicant e.g. telephone, Skype etc. 

The selection panel will assess your application based on the information provided on your online scholarship application form and the information you provide in your one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship. Assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria. 

******* Windsor Fellowship is supporting The Bartlett in conducting the one-to-one dialogues that form part of the application process. The Bartlett will share the data of applicants with The Windsor Fellowship for the purposes of conducting these dialogues. By submitting your application you agree to The Bartlett sharing your information with The Windsor Fellowship.

How to apply

Applications for The Bartlett Promise scheme are submitted via the Undergraduate Funding and Access Awards (UGFA) application process. 

Applications will open in January 2021, please check back then for further information. 


If you have any queries about The Bartlett Promise, please get in touch with us: bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk