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 April 2019. However, funding arrangements are liable to change so you are advised to check with the relevant university prior to making any personal arrangements.


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. One recipient will also be eligible for a UNITE Foundation Scholarship that provides £3,000 per year living costs and, following an assessment of circumstances, free accommodation in a UNITE hall for three years.

University of Dundee: the Humanitarian Scholarship of one year tuition fee up to £20,950, monthly stipend and living costs is available for full-time postgraduate courses. 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: three Article 26 awards of a full fee waiver for the duration of the course, and a stipend of £3,000 per year, are offered to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Applicants must be a refugee living in the UK. Priority will be given to those already settled in the Norfolk region.

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 to cover living costs and English language courses.

University of Essex: a £1,000 bursary is available for undergraduates or students with UK refugee status, or a dependant of UK refugees. Applicants must be a registered student to apply for this bursary.

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 offering full tuition fee waiver, £5,000 cash award and free accommodation for undergraduate and postgraduate asylum seekers. The University of Glasgow also offers free accommodation to all students with humanitarian protection or asylum seeker status where available.

University of Gloucestershire: a Sanctuary Scholarship covers full tuition fees for up to three years and a maintenance bursary of up to £3,000 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: two awards are available to refugees through the Goldsmiths International Response Scholarship Fund for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The award offers an accommodation fee waiver, £11,400 for each year of study and a tuition fee waiver. Applicants must be undertaking their first undergraduate/postgraduate degree and must demonstrate strong academic potential.

Heriot Watt University: a number of full fees scholarships for Syrian refugees are available for taught postgraduate courses. In addition to funding for fees, recipients will also receive a £1,000 bursary towards their living costs. Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an eligible postgraduate taught programme.

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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