The Bartlett


The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate Scholarship

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

The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate Scholarship

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 September 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. 

The scholarship deadline has passed, we will be releasing next year's scholarships in the autumn. 

Eligibility criteria for 20211

Eligible candidates must meet all the mandatory criteria:

  • UK domicilied with home fee status or be a forced migrant (as defined by UCL)
  • have not completed undergraduate study either at UCL or elsewhere previously
  • have accepted an offer of admission to study on one of the below Bartlett undergraduate programmes for the 2021 intake2:
    • Architecture BSc (ARB/RIBA Part 1) BSc
    • Architecture MSci
    • Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies BSc 
    • Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies (with year abroad) BSc
    • Engineering & Architectural Design MEng 
    • 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 UCL3
  • be from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background4
  • be from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community5
  • be unable to access Student Finance because of immigration status
  • receive (or were eligible for) free school meals
  • have a disability5 
  • be a care leaver5
  • be first generation in family to attend university
  • attend (or have attended) a low-performing school for either GCSE or A-level6
  • live in a disadvantaged neighbourhood 7

1 Eligibility criteria for 2022/23 and beyond may differ.
2 The Promise Scholarship cannot be deferred, those awarded must take up their offer of study in the 2021 academic year in order to receive the scholarship.  
3 With an assessed household income of less than £42,875.  
4 We define BAME as those of a non-white heritage and individuals of mixed-heritage who self-identify as coming from a BAME background. 
5 Underrepresented groups in Higher Education.
6 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.
7 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.

How to apply

On accepting an offer of a place on a Bartlett undergraduate programme for the 2021 intake (this should be no later than 3 June), you will be able to apply for The Bartlett Promise scheme via the Undergraduate Funding and Access Awards (UGFA) application process

As part of the application process selected candidates who have met their ‘A’ level grade requirement will be asked to engage in a one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship8 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, Zoom etc. They will be scheduled by the Windsor Fellowship after the 'A' Level results are released by UCAS.

8 The 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.


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. 


The Bartlett Promise works in partnership with donors who share our vision of a more diversified built environment to fund scholarships. Scholars who are awarded a Bartlett Promise scholarship may be sponsored by a donor. Here are two of our current funders.  

The Derwent London Bartlett Promise Scholarship

Derwent London is one of London’s most innovative property regenerators and investors.  

The Derwent London Bartlett Promise Scholarship will fully fund fees and living costs for an Architecture MSci student over four years, starting in the 2020-21 academic year. 

“We are pleased to be supporting an exceptional student in financial need to study this unique programme at The Bartlett. The financial burden of studying architecture can be overwhelming for students. We are proud to be playing a part not only in helping the brightest students study the discipline which shapes our built environment but also in ensuring diversity and inclusion in the sector.” - Paul Williams, Chief Executive, Derwent London

The Jestico + Whiles Bartlett Promise Scholarship

Jestico + Whiles are an international architecture and interior design practice based in London and Prague. 

The Jestico + Whiles Bartlett Promise Scholarship, the first such scholarship from an architecture practice, fully covers fees and living costs for an Architecture BSc student over the three-year undergraduate degree course, starting in the 2020-21 academic year. 

“Jestico + Whiles believes the best and brightest minds should be able to access education, whatever their background or financial standing – but the financial burden of studying architecture can be an insurmountable obstacle for many. Through this special initiative at The Bartlett, we intend to make a life-changing difference for an aspiring architect and set a great precedent for how the profession can begin to address the challenge.” - James Dilley, Director, Jestico + Whiles 


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