The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Scholarships and funding

Funding opportunities for MPhil/PhD Development Planning students

DPU60 PhD 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 chose our 60th anniversary year to launch a PhD scholarship scheme. The DPU60 Scholarship ran for six years, benefiting 7 DPU PhD recipients with 3-year scholarship and maintenance stipends, and an additional DPU PhD recipient with a 3-year half-tuition scholarship.

Regretfully, we are not able to offer the DPU60 for the 2020/21 academic year, but we do hope to bring it back in the near future. Please watch this space, and subscribe to our social media outlets to stay informed!

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) 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

UCL EPSRC DTP Studentships Open Competition

The UCL EPSRC DTP Governance Board has made 7 fully-funded 4-year Doctoral studentships for 2020/21 entry available via an open competition to recruit the most outstanding Doctoral students. Candidates can apply to any UCL Faculty, however the Doctoral research project must lie within the EPSRC remit. The primary selection criteria will be academic merit.

Each studentship provides 4 years fees (UK/EU rate), 4 years stipend (at least £17,009 per year), and a research training support grant (£4,800 total, for training, and project costs)

More information available online here (link)

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 3 Jan 2020. The deadline for those invited to submit a full application will be Friday 28 February 2020

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.