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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.

The Bartlett Promise Master's Scholarship

Key information 

Value
Full tuition fees plus an allowance to cover living and study expenses (£15,364), for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study.

Number of awards
Ten scholarships are available to students starting September 2022. We are also offering up to three additional scholarships with the Aziz Foundation.

Available to
Prospective students

Level
Postgraduate taught master’s programmes

Selection criteria
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. 

Application deadlines 
Applications open: 1 March 2022  
Applications close: 31 May 2022, 23.45 BST

Register you interest
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Eligibility, application and selection

Find the eligibility requirements for the 2022-23 academic year, when applications open and how to apply as well as information on our partners.

Eligibility criteria for September 20221

The Bartlett Promise aims to enable students from backgrounds which are underrepresented in The Bartlett, to pursue postgraduate master’s studies at The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment. 

Candidates must:

  • be UK domiciled with home fee status or be a forced migrant (as defined by UCL)
  • have an offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme for study in 2022/23 and
  • must not have completed a Master’s at UCL or anywhere else previously (including integrated master’s degrees or degrees sometimes known as ‘undergraduate master’s) 2 

In addition to these, for The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship candidates must:

  • identify as a British Muslim and/or
  • work to support British Muslim communities

Candidates must also meet at least one of the additional criteria:

  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL2
  • be from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background 3
  • be from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community 4
  • have a disability 4
  • be a care leaver 4
  • have care responsibilities
  • be first generation in family to attend university at undergraduate level
  • be first generation in family to attend university at postgraduate level

1 Eligibility criteria for 2023/24 and beyond may differ
With an assessed household income of less than £42,875
3 We define BAME as those of a non-white heritage and individuals of mixed-heritage who self-identify as coming from a BAME background
4 Underrepresented groups in Higher Education

How to apply

Complete the application form which will be available from 1 March 2022 until the closing date of 23.45 BST 31 May 2022. 

We will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances.  You will need to demonstrate these in your application form.  

Candidates applying for a master’s scholarship from The Bartlett Promise must have received an offer from one of The Bartlett schools to study a master’s programme in 2022/23.   You do not need to have accepted the offer.

The offer may be unconditional (the applicant has met all the requirements to join the programme) or conditional (i.e. the offer is conditional on the applicant meeting key requirements such as a 2.1 grade in their undergraduate programme).  If a shortlisted candidate has a conditional offer, they will need to confirm that they have met the conditions required by 30 July 2022 so that they can be considered for an award.

As part of the application process, shortlisted candidates will be asked to engage in a one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship5 to discuss anything else which you feel might support your application.  This will not include describing or detailing your academic abilities as these will be assessed by your Bartlett School.  The dialogues will be conducted electronically via an appropriate method agreed between the Windsor Fellowship and the applicant e.g. telephone, Zoom etc. They will be scheduled by the Windsor Fellowship 20 to 30 June 2022. 


5 The Windsor Fellowship is supporting The Bartlett in conducting the one-to-one dialogues that form part of the application process. The Bartlett will share the data of applicants with the Windsor Fellowship for the purposes of conducting these dialogues. By submitting your application you agree to The Bartlett sharing your information with the Windsor Fellowship.

Selection

The selection panel will assess your application based on information provided on your scholarship application form and the information you provide in your one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship.  Assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria.  


Partnerships

The Bartlett Promise works in partnership with donors who share our vision of a more diversified built environment to provide additional scholarship opportunities. 

Aziz Foundation

The Aziz Foundation works to support British Muslims to bring positive change to their communities and beyond by sponsoring students to pursue postgraduate programmes. The Aziz Foundation will fully fund the fees for up to 3 British Muslims and/or those who work to support British Muslim communities as part of The Bartlett Promise scholarship programme 2022/23.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Do you have any questions about The Bartlett Promise Master’s Scholarship? Read the frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Eligibility

What are the eligibility criteria?

The Bartlett Promise aims to enable students from backgrounds which are underrepresented in The Bartlett, to pursue postgraduate studies at The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.  For The Bartlett Promise scholarship candidates must:

  • be UK domiciled with home fee status or be a forced migrant 1 (as defined by UCL)
  • have an offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme for study in 2022/23
  • and must not have completed a master’s at UCL or anywhere else previously (including integrated master’s degrees or degrees sometimes known as ‘undergraduate master’s).

Candidates must also meet at least one of the additional criteria:

  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL 2
  • be from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background 3
  • be from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community 4
  • have a disability 4
  • be a care leaver 4
  • have care responsibilities
  • be first generation in family to attend university at undergraduate level
  • be first generation in family to attend university at postgraduate level

In addition to these, for The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship candidates must:

  • identify as a British Muslim and/or
  • work to support British Muslim communities

1 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).
2 With an assessed household income of less than £42,875
3 We define BAME as those of a non-white heritage and individuals of mixed-heritage who self-identify as coming from a BAME background
4 Underrepresented groups in Higher Education

Will I be assessed on my academic merit for The Bartlett Promise scholarship?

You must meet The Bartlett’s academic requirements. This will be assessed by the school you have applied to and you must have received an offer from one of The Bartlett schools to study a master’s programme in 2022/23 to be able to apply for a Bartlett Promise scholarship.  The Bartlett Promise team will not assess your academic ability further.

How will my UK domiciled, and home fee status be assessed?

Your UK domiciled and home fee status will be assessed by the admissions teams and your offer letter will state what you fee status is.

The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation Scholarship

What is The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation Scholarship?

The Bartlett Promise works with donor organisations to increase the number of scholarships we are able to offer. The Aziz Foundation funds tuition fees for master’s scholarships for British Muslim students and/or those who work to support British Muslim communities. They look for scholars who are dedicated to:

  • Effective Advocacy and Enhancing Public Perception – facilitating better representation and contribution of Muslims to civil society to combat Islamophobia and positively transform perceptions of British Muslims
  • Community Service and Social Development – raising the aspirations and standards within British Muslim communities 

Together, we offer The Bartlett Promise Scholarship supported by the Aziz Foundation (also known as The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarship). This award has the same value and conditions as The Bartlett Promise scholarship but you must meet the Aziz Foundation criteria to be considered. 

Are there any benefits to being awarded The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarship?

Yes. You will join a community of Aziz Foundation scholars in addition to being part of The Bartlett Promise community. The Aziz Foundation will help you develop your leadership skills by providing you with seminars, workshops and opportunities to build your networks.

If I am awarded The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship, will I have to meet any special requirements during the year of my scholarship or beyond?

Yes. If you are awarded The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarship you will be asked to:

  • Provide a bio to be uploaded to the Aziz Foundation website
  • Attend the Aziz Foundation scholars’ induction day in September
  • Provide two progress reports each academic year to show that you are making good progress with your programme
  • Engage with the online platforms run by the Aziz Foundation
  • Spend the equivalent of two weeks volunteering during the year. This could consist of working with British Muslim community and civil society organisations, participating in outreach activities through formal widening participation schemes, facilitated by UCL, or undertaking informal outreach work on one’s own initiative such as giving a talk to a local secondary school.
Are there any restrictions on the eligible programmes for The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship?

Yes.  The Aziz Foundation will not sponsor these programmes:

  • MSc Architectural Computation 
  • MArch Architectural Design 
  • MArch Architecture 
  • MArch/MSc Bio-Integrated Design 
  • MArch Design for Manufacture 
  • MArch Design for Performance and Interaction 
  • MA/MLA Landscape Architecture 
  • MSc Light and Lighting 

However, all these programmes are eligible for The Bartlett Promise scholarship.

Applying to The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

Do I need to have accepted the offer of a place on a Bartlett master’s programme to be able to apply for The Bartlett Promise

Candidates applying for a master’s scholarship from The Bartlett Promise must have received an offer from one of The Bartlett schools to study a master’s programme in 2022/23. This guarantees your academic merit. You do not need to have accepted the offer in order to apply to The Bartlett Promise. Please note: MEng (Engineering and Architectural design) and MSc Architecture (ARB Part 1 & 2) are classified as an undergraduate programmes so applicants should apply to The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate scheme to study these programmes.

Do I need to have an unconditional offer of a place on a Bartlett master’s programme to be able to apply for The Bartlett Promise?

No. If you have an unconditional offer, you have met all the requirements to join the programme.  If you have a conditional offer, your offer letter will specify the conditions you need to meet for entry to the programme (e.g., you may need to achieve a 2.1 grade in your undergraduate programme).  If a shortlisted candidate has a conditional offer, they will need to confirm that they have met the conditions required by 30 July 2022 so that they can be considered for an award.

What is the application process?

Once you have received an offer from a Bartlett school for a master’s programme to start in September 2022, you can submitt your application for The Bartlett Promise.  The application form will be available from 1 March 2022.  Candidates must complete their application by 31 May 2022.  We will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances.  You will need to demonstrate these in your application form.  

As part of the application process, shortlisted candidates will be asked to engage in a one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship to discuss anything else which you feel might support your application.  This will not include describing or detailing your academic abilities. For The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarships, a representative of the Aziz Foundation will participate in the dialogue.  The dialogues will be conducted electronically via an appropriate method agreed between the Windsor Fellowship and the applicant e.g. telephone, Zoom etc. They will be scheduled by the Windsor Fellowship 20 - 30 June 2022

The selection panel will assess your application based on information provided on your scholarship application form and the information you provide in your one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship.  The assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria. For The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarships, a representative of the Aziz Foundation will participate in the selection process.

Can a current undergraduate student apply?

Yes, you can apply (by 31 May 2022) if you have received a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on a Bartlett master’s programme to study in 2022/23.  

If you are shortlisted you will be asked to email a copy of your offer letter to Bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk by 13 June 2022 to go forward to the dialogue stage of the process. If your offer letter is conditional, you must submit an unconditional offer letter by 30 July 2022.  (You can download your offer letters from the UCL portal).  

If you have not received your unconditional offer letter by 30 July 2022, contact The Bartlett Promise team by email at Bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk  There is no guarantee that we can accommodate applicants who do not meet the requirement of having an unconditional offer by 30 July 2022.

Can a current master’s student apply?

No, only students starting their programmes in September 2022 can apply.

Is there a deadline for applying? 

Yes, the deadline is by 23.45 (BST) on 31 May 2022.

I am currently a student. Should the household income figure include my parents’ income?

If you return to your family home outside of term time, then you must include your parents’ income as you are part of their household even if physically living away from it while being a student.  

How soon after applying will I find out the outcome?

The successful applicants will be notified by email by 29 July 2022.

Can I apply for The Bartlett Promise if I want to study part time?

Scholars are encouraged to study full-time but part-time is also possible. The scholarship covers fees and a maintenance allowance to allow for full-time study.  For part-time study, part-time fees and a pro rata stipend will be paid.

Can international students apply? 

This scholarship is for UK domiciled students with home fee status only. Any Bartlett Promise scholarships for international students will have a separate application process.  Please check our website for updates.

Post-acceptance

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.  

You can also find a wealth of support for your wellbeing from UCL student services and from the Student Union

If I start as a full-time student, can I change to part-time study if required?

The Bartlett Promise covers fees and a maintenance allowance to allow scholars to study full time.  Scholars must complete their programme within the expected duration of their programme.  If your circumstances change significantly and changing to part-time study is necessary, it may be possible to keep your Bartlett Promise scholarship but this is not guaranteed. Please discuss with the Promise Team before making any decisions.

Is working part time while studying encouraged? 

Working part time is permitted but scholars should discuss this with their supervisor and ensure that this is not detrimental to their studies. The award is for the expected length of the programme. 

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 2022. If you are not able to take up a scholarship in 2022, you can apply again 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.promise@ucl.ac.uk) 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.promise@ucl.ac.uk) before making any decisions.  Each case will be assessed on its own merits.

Scholarship value

How much is the annual stipend?

The maintenance allowance is £15,364.

Will the fees and allowance be paid directly to me?

The fees will be paid directly by The Bartlett Promise to UCL fees. The maintenance allowance will be paid to you in three instalments (October, January and April). 

If I have to relocate to London to study is there any financial support available? 

There is no additional funding to cover relocation.

Can I accept The Bartlett Promise scholarship 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 Bartlett Promise or The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship.

Is there additional funding for field trips?

There is no additional funding for field trips.


 Contact us

If you have any queries about The Bartlett Promise, please get in touch with us: bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk