The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate Scholarship
Full tuition fees plus an annual 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 in September 2022.
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.
Applications for The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate Scholarship are now open. The deadline to apply is Thursday 7 July, 2022 at 23.45 BST.
Please note: to be eligible for The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate Scholarship, candidates must have accepted a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on a Bartlett Undergraduate programme for 2022/23.
- Eligibility criteria for 20221
Eligible candidates must meet all the mandatory criteria:
- UK domicilied with home fee status or be a forced migrant (as defined by UCL)
- have not completed undergraduate study either at UCL or elsewhere previously
- have accepted an offer of admission to study on one of the below Bartlett undergraduate programmes for the 2022 intake2:
- Architecture BSc (ARB/RIBA Part 1) BSc
- Architecture MSci
- Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies BSc
- Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies (with year abroad) BSc
- Engineering & Architectural Design MEng
- Urban Planning and Real Estate BSc
- Urban Planning, Design and Management BSc
- Urban Studies BSc
Additional eligibility criteria
Eligible candidates must also meet at least one of the additional criteria detailed below.
- be in financial need as assessed by UCL3
- be from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background4
- be from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community5
- be unable to access Student Finance because of immigration status
- receive (or were eligible for) free school meals
- have a disability5
- be a care leaver5
- be first generation in family to attend university
- attend (or have attended) a low-performing school for either GCSE or A-level6
- live in a disadvantaged neighbourhood 7
1 Eligibility criteria for 2023/24 and beyond may differ.
2 The Promise Scholarship cannot be deferred, those awarded must take up their offer of study in the 2022 academic year in order to receive the scholarship.
3 With an assessed household income of less than £42,875.
4 We define BAME as those of a non-white heritage and individuals of mixed-heritage who self-identify as coming from a BAME background.
5 Underrepresented groups in Higher Education.
6 This means your school falls into the lower 50% of schools in England and Wales for average GCSE achievement and/or average A-level point score.
7 We use POLAR classification and/or Index of Multiple of Deprivation (IMD) data to identify levels of financial, social, economic or educational deprivation, as defined by home postcode.
- How to apply
On accepting an offer of a place on a Bartlett undergraduate programme for the 2022 intake (this should be no later than 2 June), you will be able to apply for The Bartlett Promise scheme. Details of the application process will be published in March 2022.
As part of the application process selected candidates who have met their ‘A’ level grade requirement will be asked to engage in a one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship8 to discuss anything else which you feel might support your application. Dialogues will be conducted electronically via an appropriate method agreed between the Windsor Fellowship and applicant e.g. telephone, Zoom etc. They will be scheduled by the Windsor Fellowship after the 'A' Level results are released by UCAS.
8 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.
The selection panel will assess your application based on the information provided on your online 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any questions about The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate Scholarship? Read the frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please don't hesitate to contact us.
- What are the eligibility criteria?
The Bartlett Promise aims to enable students from backgrounds which are underrepresented in The Bartlett, to pursue postgraduate research studies at The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.
- be UK domiciled with home fee status or a forced migrant (as defined by UCL) (1)
- have accepted an offer of admission to an undergraduate programme for to start in 2022/23, and
- must not have completed an undergraduate degree at UCL or anywhere else previously
In addition to these mandatory criteria, candidates must 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)
- Received (or were eligible for) free school meals
- Attend (or have attended) a low performing school for either GCSE or A levels
- Live in an area which has a high level of financial, social, economic and educational deprivation (POLAR 1 or 2)
- be first generation in family to attend university at undergraduate level
(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 and accepted an offer from one of The Bartlett schools to study an undergraduate 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 your fee status is.
Applying to The Bartlett Promise Scholarship
- Do I need to have accepted an offer to study from The Bartlett first?
Candidates applying for a Bartlett Promise Undergraduate scholarship must have received an offer from The Bartlett School of Architecture or The Bartlett School of Planning to study an undergraduate programme starting in September 2022. You must have accepted your offer in order to apply to The Bartlett Promise.
- What undergraduate programmes are available at The Bartlett?
The Bartlett School of Architecture offers 4 undergraduate programmes:
- BSc Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1)
- MSci Architecture (ARB Part 1 and 2)
- BSc Architecture and Interdisciplinary Studies
- MEng Engineering and Architectural Design
The Bartlett School of Planning offers 3 undergraduate programmes:
- Do I need to have an unconditional offer to study an undergraduate programme at The Bartlett?
No. Your offer can be unconditional or conditional. If you are shortlisted and you have an unconditional offer you will go forward to the dialogue stage of the selection process. If you are shortlisted but your offer is conditional on your ‘A’ level results, we will check your results when they are published and if you have met your requirements, you can go forward to the dialogue stage of the selection process.
If you are awarded a scholarship, you must submit an unconditional offer letter to The Bartlett Promise team by email at Bartlett.firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 September 2022. There is no guarantee that we can accommodate awarded candidates who do not meet the requirement of having an unconditional offer by 16 September 2022.
- What is the application process?
Once you have accepted an offer from a Bartlett school for an undergraduate programme to start in September 2022, you can submit your application for The Bartlett Promise. The application form will be available on our website from 9 June 2022. Candidates must complete an application by 7 July 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 and/or research plans. 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 after the application deadline.
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.
- When does The Bartlett Promise application form open?
The application form will be available from 9 June 2022. We will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances. You will need to demonstrate these in your application form.
- Is there a deadline for applying?
Yes, the deadline is 23.59 (BST) on 7 July 2022.
- How soon after applying will I find out the outcome?
The successful applicants will be notified by email by 14 September 2022. Those with conditional offers will need to provide an unconditional offer letter by 16 September 2022 in order to confirm their award allocation.
- 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.
- Can I apply for The Bartlett Promise if I want to study part-time?
No. There is currently no part-time option for undergraduate programmes.
- Can I work while studying?
The stipend is designed to enable scholars to focus on their studies full time. Limited, occasional amounts of part time work may be possible. You should discuss this with personal tutor.
- Can international students apply?
No. For 2022/23 The Bartlett Promise scholarship is for UK domiciled students on home fees only.
- 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.
- 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 there a fixed allowance amount, how much is it?
The maintenance stipend for 2022/23 is £15,364 per year.
- How many years funding will I get?
You will be funded for the full length of your programme. This may be three or four years depending on your programme.
- 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 stipend will be paid to you in three termly 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 £17,631. You must inform The Bartlett Promise team if you hold other awards. Failure to notify The Bartlett Promise team that you hold other awards may result in the loss of your scholarship.
The Bartlett Promise works in partnership with donors who share our vision of a more diversified built environment to fund scholarships. Scholars who are awarded a Bartlett Promise scholarship may be sponsored by a donor. Here are two of our current funders.
- The Derwent London Bartlett Promise Scholarship
Derwent London is one of London’s most innovative property regenerators and investors.
The Derwent London Bartlett Promise Scholarship will fully fund fees and living costs for an Architecture MSci student over four years, starting in the 2020-21 academic year.
“We are pleased to be supporting an exceptional student in financial need to study this unique programme at The Bartlett. The financial burden of studying architecture can be overwhelming for students. We are proud to be playing a part not only in helping the brightest students study the discipline which shapes our built environment but also in ensuring diversity and inclusion in the sector.” - Paul Williams, Chief Executive, Derwent London
- The Jestico + Whiles Bartlett Promise Scholarship
Jestico + Whiles are an international architecture and interior design practice based in London and Prague.
The Jestico + Whiles Bartlett Promise Scholarship, the first such scholarship from an architecture practice, fully covers fees and living costs for an Architecture BSc student over the three-year undergraduate degree course, starting in the 2020-21 academic year.
“Jestico + Whiles believes the best and brightest minds should be able to access education, whatever their background or financial standing – but the financial burden of studying architecture can be an insurmountable obstacle for many. Through this special initiative at The Bartlett, we intend to make a life-changing difference for an aspiring architect and set a great precedent for how the profession can begin to address the challenge.” - James Dilley, Director, Jestico + Whiles
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