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Visiting Research Fellowship

Photograph taken in Lima, Peru, as part of the DPU MSc Environment and Sustainable Development field trip in May 2013

From January to April 2015, four Research Fellows join The Bartlett from a number of institutions across the world to work on the field of human wellbeing from an urban, social and political perspective.

Each of the Visiting Fellows will conduct research and collaborate with Faculty staff from The Bartlett on subjects related to our chosen research theme for 2014-15, Human Wellbeing.

As part of its annual Visiting Research Fellows programme, The Bartlett, UCL's Faculty of the Built Environment, is offering five Visiting Research Fellowships to cutting-edge scholars and practitioners from any cognate discipline to be resident with us in central London for a 12-week period from January-March 2015. The purpose is for these fellows to conduct research and collaborate with The Bartlett Faculty staff on subjects that are related to our chosen research theme for 2014-15, which is Human Wellbeing. This theme forms one of UCL’s Grand Challenges which bring together expertise from across UCL and beyond to address the world’s key problems.

We are therefore looking for leading researchers in fields that deal in some way with the theme of Human Wellbeing, and whose subject matter and methodological approach is able to identify and address a cross-disciplinary interface between at least two of The Bartlett's schools/units, and whose research will help us to generate and develop innovative cross-disciplinary modes of research (be they of a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, or transdisciplinary nature). 

While here at UCL, The Bartlett Visiting Research Fellows will be mentored by relevant staff from at least two Research Groups across the Faculty who are identified in the applicant’s proposal. The Fellows will also be invited to participate in wider Faculty research activities and to present their research-work-in-progress at one of our regular Bartlett Research Exchange events. 

We will select The Bartlett Visiting Research Fellows based on the quality of their research work to date, their future potential as scholars or practitioners, the innovativeness of the cross-disciplinary research project they propose to carry out during their fellowship period, and the relevance of the subject matter to our chosen theme of Human Wellbeing.

Selection criteria

Applicants need to submit the following items:

  • A maximum 2-page CV evidencing key research and/or practice achievements.
  • A maximum 2-page Research Proposal which sets out the aims, questions, methods, contexts and outputs for the 10-12 week research period.

The proposal should additionally explain:

  • the applicant’s research skills and the qualities/qualifications which will allow them to conduct this piece of research;
  • the relationship of the proposal to their previous research projects;
  • the relationship of the proposal to aspects of The Bartlett's research as drawn from at least two of the schools/units across the Faculty;
  • the way in which the proposal will address the idea of cross-disciplinary exchange.
  • A 150-word biography to be used for publicity purposes.
  • A title and summary of the research proposal in not more than 150 words that is suitable for publicity purposes, and which explains the proposal in easily accessible language.


The successful Bartlett Visiting Research Fellows will each receive a fixed sum of £6,000 towards the cost of their accommodation and travel. All other expenses however need to be met by the fellows themselves, or else by their current institutions or practices.

Download the Application Form here

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