The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Scholarships and funding

Funding opportunities for MSc and MPhil/PhD Development Planning students

This page contains a number of scholarships available that DPU MSc and MPhil/PhD students have been successful with in the past. The list contains information and links that details the eligibility criteria and application processes.

This is not an exhaustive list but it gives an indication of some of the scholarship and funding opportunities available. UCL also maintain a webpage which may contain more options and updates, and can be found here.

MSc funding opportunities

Otto Koenigsberger Scholarship

The purpose of the OKS is to support overseas candidates of the highest calibre for postgraduate study at MSc level, in the expectation that as graduates, these scholars will make important contributions to urban development by drawing on the strengths of the international perspective and leading position of the DPU in the development field.

Full details and application information here.

Bartlett Faculty Scholarships

A range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies are available from UCL, The Bartlett Faculty, and individual departments within the Faculty.

Full details and application information here.

The Bartlett Promise Master's Scholarship

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

Full details and application information here.

Masters Alumni Bursary

UCL's Masters Alumni Bursary aims to enable and encourage those from low-income backgrounds, who have gained a UCL undergraduate degree, to pursue full-time Master's degree studies at UCL. 

Full details and application information here.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK universities to support students from developing Commonwealth countries.

The aim of the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS) is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.

Awards are for taught Master's programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate's country.

Funding is currently available for our MSc Building & Urban Design in Development programme.

Full details and application information here.

Snowdon Masters Scholarships

The Snowdon Masters Scholarships is for national and international disabled students applying for a master's programme at any UK institution that starts in 2022.

Up to a maximum of £30,000 of funding per successful student is available - with up to £15,000 available towards master's fees and a £15,000 p.a. allowance while studying.

The scholarship has been designed to identify, accelerate and support talented disabled individuals to achieve their higher education goals.

Here's Paul Ntulila introducing the Snowdon Scholarship in British Sign Language (BSL). Paul is a Snowdon Alumni and member of Snowdon Disabled Leaders Network.

Full details and application information here.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue one-year master’s degrees in the UK. Whilst there is no ‘typical’ Chevening Scholar, we are looking for the kind of people who have the passion, ideas, and influence to provide the solutions and leadership needed to create a better future.

Full details and application information here.

Other scholarships

AZIZ FOUNDATION – British Muslims

COLFUTURO Scholarships – Colombia nationals
https://www.colfuturo.org/  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/fee-partnerships

COLCIENCIAS Scholarships - Colombia nationals

Conicyt (Chile) Fee Partnership or ANID (NATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT) – Chilean nationals
http://www.conicyt.cl/becas-conicyt/  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/fee-partnerships

CONACyT UCL Graduate Fellowship – Mexican nationals



GOVERNMENT OF INDIA – Indian nationals



Details on this scholarship are released periodically, please refer to MORA or search online for current details

* Links to external sources are for convenience only and should not be taken as endorsement of any given funder or aggregator 

MPhil/PhD funding opportunities

DPU60 PhD Scholarship

Firmly rooted in our academic obligation to challenge orthodox development agendas, we chose our 60th anniversary year to launch a PhD scholarship scheme.

DPU60 PhD Scholarship - overview

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 2023/24 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 funding opportunities can be found here.

The Bartlett Promise PhD Scholarship

The Bartlett Promise aims to enable students from backgrounds underrepresented in The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment to pursue a PhD at The Bartlett.

Full details and application information here.

UCL Research Excellence Scholarship (UCL-RES)

The new UCL-RES scholarship replaces the Graduate/Overseas Research Scholarship, and the application is now live for the 2023/24 academic year. This scholarship is available to incoming students for 2023/24, as well as current DPU MPhil/PhD students who are in their first or second year. 

Please see the information for the UCL-RES here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/research-excellence-scholarship

You must apply for admission to UCL (or be a first or second year Mphil/PhD student) and submit the additional information to the DPU PhD department no later than Friday, 13th January 2023, after which the DPU will select top candidates for consideration by the UCL-RES board. Successful candidates will be notified during March 2023.

Application materials, as noted on the scholarship application link 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 UK time on 13th January 2023. 

Student Finance England Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help eligible students from the UK (EU applicants are only eligible if they have settled or pre-settled status in the UK) 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.

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

ESRC Studentships 2023/24

The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London (UBEL) Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) invites applications for ESRC-funded studentships 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.

The UBEL DTP’s ESRC studentships are fully-funded for 3 to 4 years (depending on academic pathway) and cover full payment of tuition fees per year, as well as an annual maintenance stipend.

Call specification, FAQs, and a form showing the required content of applications are available on the UBEL ESRC Studentship website. All applicants must submit an initial application via the SurveyMonkey link on the UBEL website by 23:59 (GMT) on Wednesday 30 November 2022. Applicants chosen to submit a full application will be notified by UBEL, with a full application for selected candidates due by 23.59 (GMT) on Tuesday 31 January 2023. 

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

UCL EPSRC DTP Studentships Open Competition

The UCL EPSRC DTP has fully funded 4 year studentships for 2021/22 available for study in any UCL Faculty through an open competition.

Students can apply for MPhil/PhD, MRes/PhD, or EngD programmes in any UCL Faculty. [NB: These studentships cannot be used to fund students applying to Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) progammes due to EPSRC Terms and Conditions].

Studentship projects must lie within the EPSRC Themes and Research Areas.

Closing date for student applications: 14:00 on 27-Apr-2021

Deadline for departments to nominate candidates from applicant pool: 14:00 on 10-June-2021

Full details for student applicants are available at: https://rebrand.ly/uedocsi

Student eligibility:

  • Home, International (subject to UKRI cap on International recruitment)
  • New students only
  • Full or part time (minimum 50%) – stipend and duration will be pro-rata for part-time


  • 4 years fees at home rate (UCL tuition fee support awards may be awarded to some International candidates – students cannot self-fund overseas fees)
  • 4 years stipend at the UCL EPSRC DTP enhanced rate (£18,609 in 2021/22, rises with inflation annually)
  • Up to £4,800 RTSG (Research Training Support Grant) [to cover additional costs of training e.g. courses, project costs, conferences, travel]

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)

Up to four scholarships annually are available to full-time UCL MPhil/PhD and EngD students from any country wishing 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. Training should be of one year's duration to permit sustained exposure to the new discipline. 

Further details can be found here.