The UK University Scholarships Directory

The following list provides details of the universities in the UK that provide funding for refugees and/or asylum seekers. This information was correct at time of writing in December 2020. However, funding arrangements are liable to change so you are advised to check with the relevant university prior to making any personal arrangements.


Dartington Trust: the Gustav Metzger Foundation Scholarship is available for a student with refugee status or who has an application for asylum in the UK. The gallery’s support will include tuition fees for the one-year, full-time MA course, living expenses and associated residency location at Hauser & Wirth Somerset for two weeks.

De Montfort University, Leicester: eight Article 26 Scholarships are offered to students from an asylum-seeking background who do not have access to student finance. Scholarships consist of a full fee wiaver and up to £3,500 contribution to living costs per year. One recipient will also be eligible for a contribution towards accommodation costs in halls of residence for three years.

University of Dundee: the Humanitarian Scholarship offers up to £40,000, which includes a full tuition fee waiver for the year of study, a monthly stipend and accommodation costs. Four scholarships are available for full-time postgraduate courses and one for a full-time undergraduate course. Students must hold the status afforded by the UK Government of 'humanitarian protection', hold full refugee status (granted by the UK Government), or have Discretionary leave to Remain on the basis of an asylum application. Students from overseas can also apply on humanitarian grounds.

University of East Anglia: UEA offers Sanctuary Scholarships and Pre-sessional English Sanctuary Scholarships. Successful applicants will be offered full tuition fee support and a bursary of £9,000 per year towards living costs (£1,000 for Pre-sessional English courses). Scholarships are awarded to asylum seekers or applicants who have been granted Discretionary Leave/Humanitarian Protection or Refugees (Leave to Remain) and do not qualify for support from Student Finance England.

University of East London: a postgraduate scholarship of 100% tuition fee support is offered to asylum seekers until they are awarded such immigration status that enables them to access support from Student Finance. The scholarship is available for asylum seekers, the partner/dependant of an asylum seeker or someone who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR).

Edge Hill University: the Sanctuary Award provides up to two full tuition fee waivers, plus an additional £800 scholarship for undergraduate courses. Applicants must be seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependant or partner of someone seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependant or partner of someone seeking asylum who has been granted limited leave to remain or some other form of temporary status. Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of Edge Hill University.

University of Edinburgh: students seeking asylum will be classified as ‘Scottish domiciled’ for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes (equivalent to a fee waiver). Scholarships are available for one undergraduate and two postgraduate Master's students. They include a full fee waiver and living cost support. The University's English Language Education department is offering 12 scholarship places to refugees or asylum seekers on their full-time summer pre-sessional courses.

University of Essex: a bursary of up to £1,000 is available for full-time undergraduate courses and up to £500 for part-time undergraduate courses for students with UK refugee status, or a dependant of UK refugees. There is also a Sanctuary Scholarship of a full tuition fee waiver and £10,000 bursary to two new Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Masters students and Sanctuary Scholarship of a full tuition fee waiver and £5,000 bursary to refugees from Afghanistan.

University of Exeter: Sanctuary Scholarships of a full tuition fee waiver and an annual living cost grant are offered to individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able to access student finance to study at the University of Exeter. They are available for full-time undergraduate degree programmes and full-time Doctorate level programmes.

University of Glasgow: four scholarships are available for students who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds. Scholarships offer a full fee waiver, £5,000 per year stipend and free accommodation. There are also eight scholarships of £2,500 per year available for students who hold refugee status.

Glasgow Caledonian University: scholarships are available for students who currently have an asylum case pending or dependants whose parents have an asylum case ongoing. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition fees for full-time Master’s programmes and provide a bursary to assist with study/living costs of £1,250 per year.

University of Gloucestershire: a Sanctuary Scholarship covers full tuition fees for up to three years and a maintenance bursary of up to £10,000 per year. It is available for refugees, asylum seekers and forced migrants who are unable to access student finance, studying on an undergraduate course.

Goldsmiths, University of London: the International Response Scholarship offers a full tuition fee waiver, an accommodation fee waiver and an allowance of £8,825 each year of study. Two are available for undergraduate courses and two for postgraduate courses for applicants who have refugee status in the UK, or have an active application for asylum in the UK.

University of Greenwich: two scholarships (undergraduate or postgraduate) are provided to offer holders who are seeking asylum or have refugee status in the United Kingdom and are not eligible for financial support. Scholarships provide an annual tuition fee waiver, maintenance support of £5,000 and an annual accommodation fee waiver for Avery Hill Campus.

Heriot Watt University: Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh Business School and the educational charity Theirworld have teamed up to offer full scholarships for refugees and Lebanese nationals residing in Lebanon.The programme offers up to 20 individuals the opportunity to study for a Master of Business Administration degree online in Arabic. The students will sit their exams in Lebanon and will be awarded their degree from UK-based Heriot-Watt University at the end of their studies.

University of Hull: three Sanctuary Scholarships of a full tuition fee waiver, an annual £2,000 study grant (paid pro rata to part-time students), and tailored personal support are available for asylum seekers or their dependants or spouses. Scholarships are available for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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