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DPU Scholarships

The Bartlett Development Planning Unit is offering a fully-funded scholarship for doctoral studies on questions related to the Unit’s work.

In 2014, the DPU celebrated 60 years of education, training, research, consultancy and knowledge sharing in urban and regional development policy and planning in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. DPU’s focus on urban development and planning in what is now often referred to as ‘the Global South’ was unique in the UK and abroad at the time of its establishment in 1954, and when it moved to UCL from the Architectural Association in 1971. In a world predicted to be 75% urban by 2050, we continue to feel the urgency of our historical commitment to contributing to social and environmental justice through building the capacity of current and future institutions and generations of practitioners addressing urban, regional and national development. Firmly rooted in our academic obligation to challenge orthodox development agendas, we have chosen our 60th anniversary year to launch a PhD scholarship scheme. This is the third year of the Scheme and the scholarship will cover three years of full-time tuition and maintenance, 2 return flights (if necessary) and a fieldwork grant.

One award will be made, for three years of study commencing September 2016.


Only applications from new / prospective students who have applied formally to the UCL Development Planning Unit research degree by 5pm GMT on 29 February 2016 will be considered. There are no restrictions regarding the nationality or domicile of the applicant.


One individual will be awarded the following: up to £18,670 for tuition fees per year (increasing per year); approx. £16,539 for maintenance per year, incl. London weighting (increasing per year); up to £1,500 for two return flights; up to £450 for fieldwork support (if required).


The award is to be assessed based on merit. Alongside the formal application, applicants are required to submit a motivation for consideration consisting of an application form (including the summaries of the proposed research), a research proposal (approx. 3000 words), personal statement and provide two references. The DPU’s Departmental Graduate Tutor will shortlist up to five applicants to be considered by a panel consisting of the DPU Director, DPU Research Director and DPU Departmental Graduate Tutor. The top three applicants will be interviewed.


Complete applications (including supporting documents and references) must be received by the DPU PhD Programme Administrator (m.casey-gillman@ucl.ac.uk) by 5pm GMT on 4 March 2016. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in March 2016.

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