The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Scholarships and funding

Funding opportunities for MPhil/PhD Development Planning students

UCL Funding for students on postgraduate research courses

UCL’s general "Funding for students on postgraduate research courses” page has a lot of valuable information – including a new loan scheme for PhD students.

More information on the scholarship can be found here.

DPU 60th Anniversary Doctoral Scholarship

In 2014, the DPU celebrated 60 years of education, training, research, consultancy and knowledge sharing in urban and regional development policy and planning in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. DPU’s focus on urban development and planning in what is now often referred to as ‘the Global South’ was unique in the UK and abroad at the time of its establishment in 1954, and when it moved to UCL from the Architectural Association in 1971. In a world predicted to be 75% urban by 2050, we continue to feel the urgency of our historical commitment to contributing to social and environmental justice through building the capacity of current and future institutions and generations of practitioners addressing urban, regional and national development. Firmly rooted in our academic obligation to challenge orthodox development agendas, we have chosen our 60th anniversary year to launch a PhD scholarship scheme. This is the fifth year of the Scheme and the scholarship will cover three years of full-time tuition and maintenance, 2 return flights (if necessary) and a fieldwork grant.

We welcome applications for study that address issues related to furthering the DPU vision and mission. 

One award will be made, for three years of study commencing September 2019.

Only applications from new / prospective students who have applied formally via UCL’s application portal to “ Development Planning, Research Degree” by 5pm GMT on Monday 08 April 2019 will be considered. There are no restrictions regarding the nationality or domicile of the applicant.

One individual will be awarded the following: up to £20,570 for tuition fees per year (increasing per year); £17,009 for maintenance per year, incl. London weighting (increasing per year); up to £1,500 for two return flights; up to £450 for fieldwork support (if required). All awards are for a period of THREE academic years. 

The award is to be assessed based on merit. Alongside the formal application, applicants are required to submit the DPU60 application form (which includes a lay summary, a specialist summary, and a personal statement – all within the application itself), a research proposal (approx. 3000 words), and two references. The DPU’s Departmental Graduate Tutor will shortlist up to five applicants to be considered by a panel consisting of the DPU Director, DPU Research Director and DPU Departmental Graduate Tutor. The top three applicants will be interviewed.

Complete applications (including supporting documents and references) must be received by the DPU PhD Programme Administrator, Michael Casey-Gillman (m.casey-gillman@ucl.ac.uk) by 5pm GMT on Friday 12 April 2019. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held on Friday 10 May 2019.

See http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/dpu/programmes/mphil-phd/mphil-phd for further programme details.

Guidance Notes and Forms

Guidance notes

Application form

Reference 1

Reference 2

Reference 3

Bartlett Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) and Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) 2020

The Graduate/Overseas Research Scholarship application is now live for the 2020/21 academic year. This scholarship is available to incoming students for 2020/21, as well as current DPU MPhil/PhD students who are in their first or second year. 

Please see the information for the Graduate Research Scholarship here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU_Res/grs, and for the Overseas Research Scholarship here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/overs-res/ors

You must apply for admission (or be a first or second year Mphil/PhD student) and submit the additional information to the DPU PhD department no later than Friday, 10th January 2020, after which the DPU will select top candidates for consideration by the GRS/ORS board. 

Application materials, as noted on the scholarship application pages above, should be submitted - complete and signed  - via email to Michael Casey-Gillman on m.casey-gillman@ucl.ac.uk. These must be received by 5pm on 10th January 2020. 

Student Finance England Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help eligible students from the UK and EU with course fees and living costs while they study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.

You can borrow up to £25,000 for your whole course.

The amount you’ll get isn’t based on you or your family’s income.

You will be able to apply for funding for the 2018 to 2019 academic year in summer 2018.

More information on the Student Finance Doctoral Loan can be found on the .gov website.

The government has been looking in to the possibility of an alternative Sharia-compliant funding system which would be available alongside traditional student loans. However at present this system is not yet in place.

Related UCL Scholarships

UBEL DTP PhD Studentship

Industrial Challenges Studentship: 2017
Improving gender balance in the leadership of major projects through ‘whole systems’ change

Application deadline: 15 September 2017

Full details available here:

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP invites applications for three postdoctoral fellowships (PDFs) to be based within departments at the partner institutions within the DTP: University College London, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of East London.

Fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.

The PDF call forms part of ESRC’s strategy to supporting early career researchers and will be delivered through the national network of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT and who are within 12 months of having completed their PhD. At the submission deadline, the applicant must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date.

Call specification, FAQs, and a form showing the required content of applications are available on the UBEL website (see the link at https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/). All applicants must submit a completed proposal including the required attachments to the DTP (via our online portal) by 16.00 on 23 March 2018. The DTP will peer review the proposals and make funding decisions on behalf of ESRC by the end of June 2018.

The full list of DTPs and CDTs who are eligible to receive proposals and award fellowships can be found here: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/skills-and-careers/postgraduate-careers/early-career-researchers/

For queries on the process at the UBEL DTP, please contact ubel-dtp@ucl.ac.uk  

For queries regarding other DTPs and CDTs, please contact them directly.

Applications are welcome from eligible candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity or any other personal characteristic.

UCL-China Scholarships Council Research Scholarships

Departments will be permitted to submit one extra nomination if they have a student wishing to apply for one of the 5 open UCL-China Scholarships Research Scholarships.

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

There are 4 scholarships available to current research students who wish 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.  The deadline for this scheme is has now passed.  Further details can be found here.

UCL CSC Research Student Visiting Awards (One-Year)

Due to a lack of funding, we will not be able to offer this scheme for 2016/17, but information on 2017/18 entry will be confirmed this time next year here.