The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, The Bartlett, launched the extension of its flagship Bartlett Promise Scholarship 2022/2023 scheme to applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa on the 9th of December 2021.


About The Bartlett Promise Scholarship:

The Bartlett Promise represents a long-term commitment to attract and support students from a broader range of backgrounds to study at The Bartlett, in order to tackle the lack of diversity in the built environment sector. The scholarships cover fees, living and study costs for scholars, as well as professional and personal support and careers advice for the duration of their programme. Now, in its second year, the scheme currently supports 21 UK undergraduates, 13 Master’s and 4 PhD students with help from our valued donors Jestico + Whiles, Derwent London and the Aziz Foundation.

Having established a unique UK focused scholarship which will grow with each successive year, The Bartlett are now extending their efforts internationally. Four scholarships will be open to students from Sub-Saharan Africa to join The Bartlett from September 2022, with applications opening from 1 March 2022. The scholarships are open to nationals of 48 Sub-Saharan African countries who have an offer of a place on a Master’s programme in any of The Bartlett’s nine schools, and are in financial need.

Eligible Fields: Postgraduate taught master’s programmes

Type of Scholarship: Masters


Eligible Countries

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.

How are Applicants Selected?

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.

Where the Award will be Taken: UCL (University College London), UK

Number of Scholarships: Four scholarships are available to students starting September 2022.

Benefit of The Bartlett Promise Scholarship:

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.

How Long the Program will Last: 2 Years


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Eligibility for The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

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 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

In addition to these, candidates should ideally also meet at least one of the additional criteria:

  • be a forced migrant
  • 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


How to Apply for The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

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 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.

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.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

Application Deadline:

Applications open: 1 March 2022
Applications close: 18 April 2022, 23.45 BST

Please note: you must have an offer of a place to study on a Bartlett master’s programme before you can apply so please make your programme application now.


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