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.


University of Oxford: scholarships are available through the Oxford Student Scholarship Fund and offer full tuition fee waivers and free accommodation for asylum seekers and refugees on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Also, Balliol College offers a scholarship to one student with current refugee status or a pending claim to asylum, whether in the UK, Europe or elsewhere. The scholarship is available each year and covers full tuition, College fees and living costs.

Queen Mary University of London: two full tuition fee waivers, a £1,700 QMUL Bursary per year and £7,529 living cost grant per year for those living in a parental home or £11,672 living cost grant for those living independently. Available for asylum seekers or those who hold Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave to Remain studying on degree programmes in the Faculty of Science & Engineering or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Queen’s University, Belfast: two full fee waivers and £8,000 bursary for asylum seekers studying on a full-time undergraduate course. Students must be registered asylum seekers in the UK, and must be currently resident in Northern Ireland, to be considered for this scheme. Students must also hold an offer for a place on a full-time undergraduate programme at Queen’s University Belfast, and meet any academic and language conditions attached to their offer as stated in their offer letter.

University of Reading: an Article 26 Award of a full fee waiver and a Friendly Hand Maintenance Bursary of £12,000 per annum is available for an asylum seeker, the child of an asylum seeker or a person who holds Discretionary Leave to Remain. They will offer full tuition fee support and maintenance, or top-up Student Finance Authority funding in cases where refugees are eligible to receive such funding.

Royal Holloway, University of London: One Sanctuary scholarship of a full tuition fee reduction is available for an asylum seeker, the child of an asylum seeker or a person who holds Discretionary Leave to Remain. Applicants must be ineligible for funding from the Student Loan Company and hold an offer to study an undergraduate course at Royal Holloway, University of London. Students who have refugee status are not eligible for this scholarship.

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