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.



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Keele University: Sanctuary Scholarships are offered to asylum seekers and forced migrants who are seeking sanctuary in the UK. Two scholarships are available for undergraduate or foundation degree programmes and one for postgraduate taught degree programmes. The scholarships cover tuition fees and provide a cash award of £1,200 for living costs and £250 for study costs.

University of Kent: three Article 26 awards are available for undergraduate entry. Awards are aimed at helping those seeking asylum in the UK to progress to higher education. Each recipient’s tuition fees will be waived for the duration of their programme of study (four undergraduate programmes only). The recipients will be eligible to receive financial support to cover the cost of travel (to the University or for group support), books, equipment, etc. This amount is to be confirmed.

Kings College London: six Sanctuary Scholarships are offered to asylum seekers or their children who intend to study on an undergraduate course. Tuition fees will be paid in full and students will receive £11,672 per year to cover living costs.

Kingston University, London: four Article 26 Awards are available for asylum seekers on undergraduate courses. They offer five full fee-remitted places each year; an annual £3,000 bursary to support students with living costs; a place on the Compact Scheme; and a designated member of staff to provide support, guidance and opportunities throughout the course.

University of Leeds: the Sanctuary Scholarship is for forced migrants to the UK and is open to people who wish to study any undergraduate, postgraduate or research degree. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and a £10,000 a year award towards living costs, for a maximum of three years.

Leeds Trinity University: one Article 26 Award is available for an asylum seeker to enable them to progress onto higher education. The tuition fees are waived for the length of the course, unless the student, parents or spouse/civil partner are granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK. In this case, the University must be informed and the award will cease from the start of the next academic year.

University of Leicester: Sanctuary Scholarships offer opportunities for those with refugee or asylum-seeking status to study at the University of Leicester via distance learning on certain specified courses. The scholarships provides a full fee waiver and applicants can be based anywhere in the world as long as there is regular access to the internet.

University of Liverpool: Asylum Seeker Bursaries covering tuition fees and a bursary of around £3,000 per year are available to asylum seekers or their dependants, studying on an undergraduate course (excluding clinical programmes in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences and Veterinary Science).

London Metropolitan University: asylum seekers will be charged home fees rather than international fees, although they won’t be eligible for financial support until a decision on their status has been made by the Home Office. In addition, the Refugee Assessment and Guidance Unit (RAGU) at London Metropolitan University provides specialist careers advice and guidance as well as employability training for all refugee health professionals.

London School of Economics: scholarships are available for asylum seekers, refugees, those with humanitarian protection or those who are resident in the UK and have been granted Discretionary/Limited Leave to Remain in the UK. A maximum award of £20,000 per year is offered to those on undergraduate programmes and a full tuition fee waiver and a grant of £14,400 is offered to those on graduate programmes.

University College London: the Access Opportunity Scholarship offers tuition fees and a living allowance of £11,000 per year for the normal duration of a programme at UCL and is available for asylum seekers or their dependants studying on an undergraduate course.

University of London: Master's Scholarships for Refugees and Displaced People offer fee-waiver awards to study the LLM, Global MBA or MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration programmes. Applicants must be a formally registered refugee/displaced person with a UNHCR registration number or be able to demonstrate confirmed refugee status.

University of Manchester: five scholarships are offered to sanctuary students who are not eligible for UK government student financial support. The scholarships cover tuition fees, provide £5,000 per year towards living costs and provide free university accommodation in halls of residence. Scholarships are available for undergraduate study (with the exception of medicine and dentistry).

Newcastle University: a limited number of asylum seekers will be offered reduced tuition fees (at the ‘home’ rate rather than at the ‘international’ rate) for undergraduate degree programmes.

Newman University, Birmingham: one Article 26 Award of a 100% tuition fee waiver and limited additional financial support to assist with study and travel expenses, to an applicant who is seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependant or partner of someone seeking asylum, or a dependant or partner of someone seeking asylum who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status. Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of Newman University.

Northumbria University: the Asylum Seeker Sanctuary Scholarship offers a full tuition fee waiver and a living cost grant of £1,000 per year for students on full-time undergraduate courses. There is a similar scholarship available for students studying on full-time Master’s courses.

The University of Nottingham: one Article 26 scholarship is available for asylum seekers, consisting of full international fees and a £500 grant per year towards living costs. The University also offers the Maycock-Whileman Scholarship of £1,000 per year for applicants who have been granted asylum in the UK on the basis of refugee status, if they have a household income below £35,000.

Nottingham Trent University: two Article 26 scholarships of a full fee waiver and a £3000 living cost grant for asylum seekers. Applicants must have a firm unconditional or firm conditional offer of a place to study a full-time undergraduate degree or foundation degree course at Nottingham Trent University.

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