UCL Urban Laboratory


Doctoral Funding Opportunities

There are a number of competitive funding schemes available to support MPhil/PhD students.

Applicants are advised to explore funding opportunities as early as possible and check the deadlines for each scheme listed.

This is a short selection of funding opportunities available to research students; for other opportunities you might like to visit http://www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk/.

Scholarships for UK and EU research students:


UK Research Council Awards:


Departmental Scholarships - if your PhD is interdisciplinary you may have a wider choice, but consult your potential supervisor(s) for advice and note their home department:


Scholarships for overseas reasearch students:


UCL Grants and Bursaries:


Urban Studies ESRC pathway

Urban Studies is one of the pool pathways for the UCL Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): http://www.ucl.ac.uk/urbanstudies/index.php?page=5.1.0

British Council - Entente Cordiale Scholarships (for French students only)

One year only, non-renewable; maximum award £10,000


1851 Commission Research Fellowship in Design - offered by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

Announced in 2006, this new fellowship will be awarded every other year for two years' research in a specified study area and seeks to explore current design issues.  A topic is selected for each award by the commissioners.  Disciplines include: art and design; chemical engineering; computer and computer science; electrical/electronic engineering; mechanical engineering; structural engineering.

Two years, UK/Commonwealth students only, £30,000 per annum.


Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships

Applications accepted from students of the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mazambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada.


American Association of University Women (AAUW)

One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are under-represented.  *U.S. citizens only*


British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG)

The British Federation of Women Graduates provides scholarships for women in their final year of study for a PhD.  Its wholly-owned subsidiary, Funds for Women Graduates, makes awards to help women graduates while undertaking postgraduate study or research.  **Fees must be covered, waived or payable**


EU Marie Curie Research Studentships

This refers to researchers at the beginning of their research career with less than four years' active research experience (e.g. researchers undertaking a doctoral degree).

Contact the UCL European Office for further information: +44 (0)20 7679 6469


Ford Foundation International Fellowships Programme

For students from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Russia


Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies (FURS)

A charity which promotes social science research and scholarship in urban and regional studies through the award of research studentships, research grants and an essay competition.


Funds for Women Graduates (FfWG)

FfWG offers emergency grants to women who face an unforeseen financial crisis whilst engaged in study or research at institutions of higher education research in Great Britain.  Grants are not likely to exceed £1500 and are offered twice a year in March and November.