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 Adey Shallow at a.shallow@ucl.ac.uk.


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

Affiliate Academic Guidelines

Affiliate Academic Scheme Proposal Form

Apply by email by the deadline to Adey Shallow, 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 SRC 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 2022/23 this fee is £5,690 (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.