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.

Bartlett Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) and Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) 2018

The Graduate/Overseas Research Scholarship application is now live for the 2019/20 academic year. This scholarship is available to incoming students for 2019/20, as well as current 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 and submit the additional information to your department no later than Friday, 4 January 2019 (or be a first or second year Mphil/PhD student), 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 4th January 2019. 


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.

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 fourth 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.

Please note, 2018 applications have now passed. 2019 application information will be posted here.

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

Guidance Notes and Forms

Please note, 2018 applications have now passed. 2019 application information will be posted here.

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.