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.


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: eight 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 £12,382 per year to cover living costs. The Dr Monica Malik Refugee Bursary is a separate bursary of £10,000 to support postgraduate students from a refugee or humanitarian protection background to study at King's.

Kingston University, London: Sanctuary Scholarships are offered to asylum seekers or the partner/dependant of an asylum seeker, or those granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status. Recipients will receive a full fee-remitted place each year, a £5,000 bursary and a designated member staff to offer support and guidance.

Lancaster University: the Sanctuary Fellowship provides a safe place at Lancaster for scholars who face persecution and barriers to research freely in their own countries. Working alongside the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara), the Sanctuary Fellowship enables an academic or student at risk to spend time in safety in the UK to further their work.

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. The Verder Leeds Scholarship is a separate scholarship that provides fees and a maintenance grant of approximately £9,000 for forced migrants to the UK wishing to study selected taught Masters courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

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: up to four Sanctuary Scholarships are available for undergraduate, taught Masters and PhD courses. They consist of a fee waiver and a support package, and are available for candidates who are unable to access mainstream funding in the UK. There is also a Sanctuary Scholarship for those with refugee or asylum-seeking status to study at the University of Leicester via distance learning on certain specified courses. The scholarship provides a full fee waiver and applicants can be based anywhere in the world as long as there is regular access to the internet.

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 £20,635 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. The Bowman Scholarships are for UK-based students of forced migration backgrounds who do not have the qualifications to enter an undergraduate degree, nor the finances to study a foundation year. They fully fund the course fees to access the Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate (UPC) International Foundation, on either the Sciences and Engineering or the Humanities and Social Sciences pathway.

University of London: The University of London has 5 scholarships for the LLM degree for Refugees and Displaced persons living in Greece. The awards are aimed at individuals based in Lesbos as a documented refugee or displaced person, and are able to benefit from support provided by ConnectionHub.

Loughborough University: up to sixteen £10,000 bursaries are available for students studying MSc Data Science. These scholarships are designed to support those from under-represented groups develop skills in data science and artificial intelligence and are available to refugees living in the UK.

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 College University Centre: scholarships of up to £9,000 in fee waivers over the duration of two-year degree programmes are offered to selected applicants who meet the criteria, including asylum seekers and refugees.

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.The University will also offer three Sanctuary scholarships consisting of full tuition fee support and a bursary for living expenses to asylum seekers, refugees or their dependants.

Newman University, Birmingham: two undergraduate scholarships are available for applicants from a forced migrant background who cannot access finance from Student Finance England. Successful applicants will be provided with a tuition fee waiver and an annual bursary of £1,200 per year for study and travel expenses. Personal support will be offered, along with the possibility of free campus accommodation for applicants who do not live within a commutable 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 £3,000 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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