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The Bartlett Promise Sub-Saharan Africa Master’s Scholarship

This scholarship is open to applicants who are nationals of a Bartlett approved list of Sub-Saharan African countries pursuing a Bartlett master’s programme. Read the full eligibility criteria, selection process and FAQs.

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Key information 

Value

Full overseas tuition fees, an allowance to cover living and study expenses (£15,364) for the normal duration of the programme at UCL, a flight to/from the UK, UK Study Visa costs, English language assessment costs, health test costs, master’s programme application fee costs and the NHS health supplement charge in the UK. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study.

Number of awards

Four scholarships are available to students starting September 2022.  

Available to

Prospective students who are nationals of 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, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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 for The Bartlett Promise Sub Saharan Africa Master's Scholarship 2022 have now closed. The timeline and updated specifications for applications for the 2022/23 intake will be published in Autumn 2022.

Please note: to be eligible for The Bartlett Promise Sub Saharan Africa Master’s Scholarship, candidates must have an offer of a place on a Bartlett master’s programme. Those who are considering applying for the scholarship for 2022/23 are advised to review The Bartlett master’s programmes by department and identify one or more programmes that they would be interested in studying. It is likely that there will be a fee waiver for candidates applying for The Bartlett Promise Sub Saharan Africa Master’s Scholarship. Please monitor this website so that you can claim a fee waiver and put in your Bartlett master’s programme application as early as possible.

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 studies at The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.  For The Bartlett Promise Sub-Saharan African scholarship, 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 Bartlett master’s programme for study in 2022/23 which is either unconditional or conditional only on English language
  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL 3

In addition to these, due consideration will be given to candidates who meet any of these 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 

Eligibility criteria for 2023/24 and beyond may differ
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, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Assessed household income of less than £42,875
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).

How to apply

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You must first secure a place on a Bartlett master’s programme. Please see FAQs below for more details on how to identify a suitable programme and how to apply.  

You must apply as early as possible, and no later than 14 February for applications to The Bartlett School of Architecture and 28 February for all other Bartlett schools. UCL aims to make a decision within 6 weeks of receiving your completed application, academic transcripts and both references. However, please note 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.

For information on how to get your application fee waived, please see the FAQs. 

Once you have an offer of a place, you can apply to The Bartlett Promise for a scholarship.  

The Bartlett Promise application form will open on 1 March 2022 and close on 18 April 2022 at 23.45BST. Please see the FAQs for details on how to apply. If you wish to recieve an email notification when the application form is available please register your interest in studying at The Bartlett.

Selection

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.


Working in partnership

The Bartlett Promise works in partnership with donors who share our vision of enabling a more diversified and inclusive built environment If you are interested in finding out how you can help play a part, please contact us at bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk.


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 Sub Saharan African scholarship, candidates must:

  • be a national of one of The Bartlett’s approved list1 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 Bartlett master’s programme for study in 2022/23 which is either unconditional or conditional only on English language assessment
  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL2

In addition to these, due consideration will be given to candidates who meet any of these criteria:

  • be a forced migrant3
  • 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

1Angola, 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, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe
2Assessed household income of less than £42,875
3Refugee, 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 Bartlett Promise scholarship?

You must meet The Bartlett’s academic requirements.  This will be assessed by the department that you have applied to as part of the admissions process. You must have received an offer from one of The Bartlett schools to study a master’s programme in 2022/23 by 18 April 2022 (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 master's programme at The Bartlett see 'Applying to a master's programme at The Bartlett' section.

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

No. UCL does not offer part-time study to students who require a 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 programme with an expected duration of 15 months or 2 years.

Can I apply to The Bartlett Promise if I have a conditional offer?

Candidates applying for a master’s scholarship from The Bartlett Promise must have received an unconditional offer or an offer conditional only on English language certification by 18 April 2022 from one of The Bartlett Schools to study a master’s programme in 2022/23.   

Do I need to have accepted an offer to study from The Bartlett first?

You do not need to have accepted your offer in order to apply to The Bartlett Promise.

Applying to a master's programme at The Bartlett

How do I get an offer of a place on a Bartlett master’s programme?

You must first identify an appropriate master’s programme to study. Our nine schools offer a wide range of master’s programmes in the built environment.  You can search for a programme by school or by looking at the programmes available or using the programme finder.  When you have found a suitable programme, click on the Apply Now button on the programme page to make your application.

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’ (see list here) 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.

When must I submit my application to a master’s programme?  

You must apply as early as possible, and no later than 14 February for applications to The Bartlett School of Architecture and 28 February for all other Bartlett schools. UCL aims to make a decision within six weeks of receiving your completed application, academic transcripts and both references. However, please note 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.

Do I have to pay the application fee?

The application fee can be waived until Tuesday 29 March. Please note, this allows only 10 working days to process your application and make a decision. We cannot guarantee that a decision will be made in this extremely limited timeframe. If you do not have an offer by 18 April 2022, you will be unable to apply for a Bartlett Promise Scholarship. We strongly recommend that you consider applying early next year.

To get your application fee waiver, you must complete your application in the online Portico system up until the fee payment section. You must upload your passport and/or your national identity card and you must write in the Funding section that you intend to apply to The Bartlett Promise. Then you must complete the fee waiver form for SSA students . The admissions team will check that you meet the essential criteria and then waive the application fee for up to two Bartlett master’s programmes so that your application can go forward to the department to be considered.  

Can I get my application fee refunded if I have already paid it?

You can get you application fee refunded if you meet the eligibility criteria for the scholarship.  Please email bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk to request a refund.

What happens when I have submitted my master’s application?

Your application will be considered by the admissions staff in the school that you have applied to. 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 which will ask that you provide evidence that you meet certain requirements e.g. your level of English. If you don’t meet the requirements of the programme you will not receive an offer of a place.

Applying to The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

What is the application process for The Bartlett Promise scholarship?

Candidates must complete their Bartlett Promise application by 18 April 2022 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. You will be asked to provide:

  • A brief rationale for applying for a BP scholarship (100 words maximum)
  • An outline of the challenges to academic progress that you have faced (100 words maximum)
  • Brief examples of work experience in your chosen field which you have undertaken (100 words maximum)
  • An outline of your future ambitions; how these goals relate to the postgraduate degree you have applied for and how your learning will benefit others from your country. (200 words maximum)

You must adhere strictly to the word limits. Text beyond the word limits will not be considered. 

When does The Bartlett Promise application form open?

The application form will open on 1 March 2022 and close on 18 April 2022 at 23.45 BST. If you wish to recieve an email notification when the application form is available please register your interest in studying at The Bartlett.

Is there a deadline for applying?

Yes, the deadline is 23.45 (BST) on 18 April 2022.

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 25 April to 6 May 2022

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 27 May 2022.

After accepting a Promise Scholarship 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 programme 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.  

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? 

UCL does not offer part-time study to students who require a Tier 4 (General) 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 Bartlett Promise 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 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.

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.  

Scholarship value

Is there a fixed living allowance amount, and how much is it?

The maintenance allowance for living costs is £15,364 tax free. 

What financial support is available to help me to relocate to London?

The Bartlett Promise scholarship will provide successful applicants with:

  • One return flight from your country of domicile in SSA to London and back
  • UK Study visa costs (including an allowance for travel if necessary)
  • Fees for any UCL required language assessments test
  • The cost of any health check tests required by UK Visas and Immigration for your visa 
  • Programme application fee for up to two programmes 
  • National Health Service surcharge payable in the UK for your health cover
Will The Bartlett Promise Scholarship also support my family to come to the UK while I am studying at UCL?

No. The Bartlett Promise Scholarship only provides funding and support for the scholar. 

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 equal termly instalments. 

Is there additional funding for field trips?

The Bartlett Promise does not provide any additional funding for field trips, but some programmes do. Please check with your Programme Director.

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. 


 Contact us

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