The Bartlett School of Planning


Affiliate academics

The Affiliate Academic scheme is for academics from overseas who wish to spend a period of time at UCL.


You can pursue your own research, either individually or in association with members of UCL staff for at least four weeks, but no longer than a year.

For further information, please contact Farha Ahmad.


To be eligible you will:

  • hold an established academic post overseas in an institution of higher education, or be in industry or business
  • have an academic sponsor in the Bartlett School of Planning (BSP). You should write their name on the form and include a short statement of support from them
  • have an adequate standard of spoken and written English. If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of either substantial education or work experience in English, or a recently obtained acceptable English language qualification or test result.

How to apply

Before you apply you need to make contact with a member of BSP academic staff, to find an academic sponsor.

Forms and Guidelines

Apply by email by the deadline to Farha Ahmad, including:

  • the application form (download above)
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • a brief statement of your proposed research, including how it fits into the BSP’s research
  • a statement of support from your academic sponsor

There are two deadlines each year for applications: 1st April and 1st November.

The committee will meet after the deadline, and you’ll be informed of the result by email. If successful, Human Resources will send a formal invitation letter 2 weeks later.

The Affiliate Academic to BSP will have borrowing rights to UCL libraries, a UCL ID card, an IT account and a small office space on a ‘hot desk’ basis. Since car parking space at UCL is very limited, parking spaces are unavailable.

All Affiliate Academics within the BSP will give a seminar presentation to staff and students during their visit.


Academic affiliates are charged a pro rata fee. For 2021/22 this fee is £5,525 (for 12 months), and it increases by about 5% each year.

Invoice for payment will be issued shortly after arrival – please mark clearly on the form whether you will meet the costs yourself or provide the full details, including address, of the Sponsoring Body meeting the costs.