The DPU70 Scholarships aim to support two students from Sub-Saharan Africa to study our master's courses in the 2024-25 academic year.
The DPU70 Scholarships
The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) has had many long and vital partnerships with colleagues on the African continent. Indeed, those relationships extend to the very origins of the DPU and underpin much of our work. Yet we work in an educational context in which the programmes we offer are financially beyond the reach of many international partners, and disproportionately so with regard to those based in Sub-Saharan Africa. The DPU70 Scholarships are intended to go some small way to helping to support the collaborations that are so fundamental to us all.
Applications for the DPU70 Scholarships are now open.
Number of available scholarships
Two scholarships are available, only for the 2024-25 academic year.
Value of scholarship
Full overseas tuition fees, an annual allowance of £16,008 to cover living and study expenses for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. Additionally, a flight to/from the UK, UK Study Visa costs, English language assessment costs, health test costs and the NHS Immigration Health Supplement charge. All Promise scholars, including DPU70 scholars, will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study. Full international fees plus living stipend and travel to and from the country of domicile for the one-year duration of the master's programme. The exact value will vary slightly, depending on airfares and other costs of travel.
Any master's courses at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit.
Anyone who is a national of and domiciled in a Sub-Saharan African country, including: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Republic of Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia (including Somaliland), South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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.
|What to do
|Apply to a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit
|From 16 October 2023
|Receive an admission letter for a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit
|From December 2023
|Apply for a DPU70 scholarship
|15 February to 3 April 2024
Please note: To be eligible for The DPU70 Scholarships, you must have an offer of a place on a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit. Please review our postgraduate courses pages and identify the course that you would be interested in studying. Only when you have an offer to study on one of our master's courses can you apply for The DPU70 scholarships.
Also note: You should apply using The Bartlett Promise Sub-Saharan Africa Master’s application form below, and select the DPU70 scholarship. Within your application, you will also be considered for The Bartlett Promise Sub-Saharan Africa Master's Scholarship.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any questions about The DPU70 Scholarships? Read the frequently asked questions below.
- What are the eligibility criteria¹?
The DPU70 Scholarships aims to enable students from backgrounds which are underrepresented at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU) to pursue postgraduate studies at the DPU. For The DPU70 Scholarships, candidates must:
- Be a national of one of The Bartlett’s approved list 2 of Sub Saharan African (SSA) countries and resident in an eligible SSA country must not hold a British or dual British citizenship
- Have an offer of admission to a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit for study in the 2024-25 academic year which is either unconditional or conditional only on English language assessment
- Be in financial need as assessed by UCL 3
In addition to these, candidates should ideally also meet at least one of the additional criteria:
- Be a forced migrant4
- Be the first generation in the family to attend university at undergraduate level
- Be the first generation in family to attend university at postgraduate level.
1 Eligibility criteria for 2025-26 and beyond may differ
2 Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Republic of Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal Sierra Leone, Somalia (including Somaliland), South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
3 Assessed household income of less than £42,875
4 Refugee, asylum seeker or those who have been granted a temporary form of leave as the result of an asylum or human rights application (e.g. limited leave to remain, discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection, UASC leave).
- Can students from Sub-Saharan Africa living in the UK apply?
You can apply if you meet the criteria.
- Will I be assessed on my academic merit for The DPU70 Scholarships?
You must meet The Bartlett’s academic requirements. You must apply for admission to a master’s course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit. When you do this, your application and academic abilities will be assessed by the department. You must have received an offer of admission from one of The Bartlett Development Planning Unit to study a master's course in 2024-25 by 3 April 2024 (the deadline for your Bartlett Promise application submission). The Bartlett Promise team will not assess your academic ability further. For more information on the application process for a master's at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, please see the 'Applying to a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit' section below.
- Can I apply for The DPU70 Scholarships if I want to study part-time?
No. UCL does not offer part-time study to students who require a Student visa (formerly known as Tier 4 (General) student visa). The scholarship covers fees and a maintenance allowance to allow for full time study. Scholars are expected to study full time and complete their master’s within one year, unless they are on a master’s course with an expected duration of 15 months or 2 years.
- Can I apply to The DPU70 Scholarships if I have a conditional offer of admission?
Yes, if you have an offer of admission from The Bartlett Development Planning Unit to study a master's course in 2024-25 and it is conditional only on English language certification. You must submit your application to The DPU70 Scholarships by 3 April 2024.
- Do I need to have accepted an offer of admission to study from The Bartlett Development Planning Unit first?
You do not need to have accepted your offer of admission in order to apply to The DPU70 Scholarships.
Applying to a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit
- How do I get an offer of admission on a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit?
You must first identify an appropriate master's course to study. We offer seven master's courses at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit which you can find on our Postgraduate courses page. When you have found a suitable course, click on the Apply Now button on the course page to make your application.
- When must I submit my application to a master’s course?
Applications to master's courses at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit open on 16 October 2023. We strongly advise you to apply early. You need to pay £90 to submit an application to a Bartlett master’s programme.
One hundred master’s course application fee waivers are available on a first come, first served basis. First, complete your application to a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit up to the payment page. Then, request a fee waiver by please completing the Fee Waiver Application Form. Applicants who miss this opportunity will need to pay the £90 master’s application fee themselves or wait and apply early the following year. When making a decision about whether to pay for your application, please be aware that to apply for the scholarship, you must have received an offer of admission to a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit by 3 April 2024.
UCL aims to make a decision on applications within six weeks of receiving your completed application, academic transcripts and both references. However, it can take three to four months when application volumes are high. You are strongly recommended to apply early; a six-week turn around cannot be guaranteed.
- What do I need to include in my application?
You will need to upload your bachelor’s degree transcript. This must be in English. Any translations must be prepared by your university or a registered translator.
If you are not from a ‘majority English-speaking country’ and you already have proof of your English ability, you can include evidence of your level of English. (This can also be done if/when you receive an offer of a place on a master’s programme).
You must provide a personal statement and two references. At least one (and ideally both) of your references should be academic (from someone who has taught you). One reference can be professional.
Your personal statement must show passion for the subject area while demonstrating motivation, enthusiasm, and the skills that will enable you to succeed at university.
- What happens when I have submitted my master’s course application for admission?
Your application will be considered by the admissions staff at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit. It can take a minimum of six weeks for a school to make a decision and then they will email you the outcome of your application. You may receive an unconditional offer if you meet all the programme requirements or a conditional offer. If your offer is conditional only on you meeting an English language requirement, you can apply for The DPU70 Scholarships. If your offer is conditional on other requirements e.g. your undergrade grades, you cannot apply for the scholarship.
Applying to The DPU70 Scholarships
- What is the application process for The DPU70 Scholarships?
Once you have secured a place on a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, you can apply for the scholarship. A link to the application form will be added on this page on 15 February 2024. Candidates must complete their application by 3 April 2024, 23.45 BST. The application form requires personal details and asks questions about your financial and family situation. All information given must be accurate. Anyone found to have given false information on their application form may have the scholarship rescinded.
All applications will be checked on 4 April 2024, to confirm that the applicant has an offer of a place on a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit. All those who meet the essential criteria and have an offer of admission which is unconditional, or conditional only on English language requirement, will be sent the Part 2 application form which has five questions about your background, educational and work experiences, and future plans. You must complete the Part 2 application form by 17 April 2024 to be considered for shortlisting. Please check your spam mail folder regularly – emails will come from the firstname.lastname@example.org address.
- When do applications for The DPU70 Scholarships open?
The application form will open on 15 February 2024 and close on 3 April 2024 at 23.45 BST. On 4 April 2024, all applications will be checked, to confirm that the applicant has an offer of admission to a master's course at The Bartlett Development Planning Unit.
- Is there a deadline for applying?
Yes, the deadline is 23.45 (BST) on 3 April 2024.
- What happens if I am shortlisted?
As part of the application process, shortlisted candidates will be asked to engage in a dialogue with an independent representative from the Windsor Fellowship and one member of The Bartlett Promise team, to discuss anything which they feel might support their application. This will not include describing or detailing your academic abilities. The dialogues will be conducted electronically via an appropriate method agreed between the Windsor Fellowship and the applicant e.g. telephone, Zoom, Teams etc. They will be scheduled by the Windsor Fellowship 29 April to 10 May 2024.
- How is the final assessment made?
The selection panel will assess your application based on information provided on your scholarship application form and the information you provide in your dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship. The assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria.
- How soon after applying will I find out the outcome?
The successful applicants will be notified by email by 24 May 2024.
- What happens if I don’t meet the English language conditions required?
Candidates with an offer which is conditional on an English language test result (IELTS or other UCL specified English test) may be offered a scholarship but must meet or exceed the English language requirement by 21 June 2024 otherwise the scholarship offer will be withdrawn.
After accepting a DPU70 Scholarships offer
- What support is available to help me on arrival in the UK?
UCL provides comprehensive support for international students and orientation on arrival. In addition to these, your department will provide a department specific orientation and you will be invited to all Bartlett Promise events throughout the year including a welcome event at the beginning of the year.
- What happens if I can’t travel to the UK because of public health issues (e.g., a COVID19 variant)?
If you are not able to come to the UK because of a public health issue (such as the coronavirus pandemic), we will consider the options and agree the best choice with you. Depending on the course concerned, you may be able to study online at the start of your studies and then travel to the UK later in the year, or possibly study online for the whole programme. You do not need a UK visa whilst you are studying online from your home country, but will need one before you travel to the UK. Alternatively, you may be able to defer your place until the following year.
- Besides academic supervision, what other support is available while studying?
As part of The Bartlett Promise, we will provide tailored support services to award holders throughout the life of their programme and career support beyond. We will achieve this by bringing in expertise from across UCL to create appropriate packages of support for individual scholars. In addition to this, you will be joining The Bartlett Promise Community of current and previous scholars, benefactors, supporters and friends. This community will support you during your studies and forms a network to guide and sustain you throughout your career.
- If I start as a full-time student can I change to part-time study if required?
UCL does not offer part-time study to students who require a Student visa. Scholars must complete their programme within the expected duration of their programme. If your circumstances change significantly you must discuss this with the Bartlett Promise Team before making any decisions. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to keep your DPU70 Scholarship.
- Can I defer my studies and keep my scholarship offer?
No, the scholarship offer cannot be deferred. You must take up your place in September 2024. If you are not able to take up a DPU70 scholarship in 2024, you can apply for a Bartlett Promise scholarship in the following year.
- Can I interrupt my studies?
Please consult the Changes to your study pages to understand the process for interrupting your studies. You must then consult your supervisor and The Bartlett Promise team (Bartlett.email@example.com) before making any decisions. Each case will be assessed on its own merits.
- What happens if I have to withdraw from my studies?
Please consult the Changes to your study pages to understand the process for withdrawing from your studies. You must then consult your supervisor and The Bartlett Promise team (Bartlett.firstname.lastname@example.org) before making any decisions. Each case will be assessed on its own merits.
- Is working part time while studying encouraged?
Working part time is permitted if the terms of your visa allow this, but scholars should discuss this with their supervisor and ensure that this is not detrimental to their studies.
- Is there a fixed living allowance amount, and how much is it?
Full international fees plus living stipend and travel to and from the country of domicile for the one-year duration of the master's programme. The maintenance allowance for living costs is £16,008 which is tax free. The exact value will vary slightly, depending on airfares and other costs of travel.
- What financial support is available to help me to relocate to London?
The DPU70 Scholarships will provide successful applicants with:
- One return flight from your country of domicile in Sub-Saharan Africa to London and back
- UK Student visa costs (including an allowance for travel if necessary)
- Fees for any UCL required language assessments test
- Any heath check costs necessary for the visa
- NHS Immigration Health Supplement payable in the UK
- Will The DPU70 Scholarships also support my family to come to the UK while I am studying at UCL?
No. The DPU70 Scholarships only provides funding and support for the scholar.
- Will the fees and allowance be paid directly to me?
The full overseas fees will be paid directly by The Bartlett Promise to UCL fees. The maintenance allowance will be paid to you in three equal termly instalments.
- Is there additional funding for field trips?
The Bartlett Promise does not provide any additional funding for field trips, but some courses do. Please check with your programme director.
- Can I accept The DPU70 Scholarships in addition to other internal or external awards?
The award may be held in conjunction with other scholarships or bursaries, as long as the total value of all the additional scholarships you hold does not exceed £6,500. This cap is set by a proportional calculation of the total value of the award. This figure may therefore change in the future in line with any changes to programme fees and average living costs in London. You must inform The Bartlett Promise team if you hold awards other than The DPU70 Scholarships.
If you have any queries about The Bartlett Promise, please get in touch with us: email@example.com