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.


University of Salford, Manchester: four Article 26 Awards of full fee waivers and £1,000 scholarships are available to asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers or those holding Discretionary Leave to Remain. Applicants must live in the Greater Manchester area or have some evidence that they will have somewhere to live in Greater Manchester.

University of Sheffield: four full fee waiver scholarships and £9,840 cash bursaries are offered to people seeking asylum or with Discretionary Leave to Remain or limited leave to remain and their dependants and partners. Scholarships for English language courses are also available. These cover the costs of tuition fees and are offered to asylum seekers who are 18+ years of age and live in Sheffield.

Sheffield Hallam University: Sanctuary Scholarships are available for undergraduate and postgraduate courses to support talented students who have sought asylum in the UK. These provide a grant of £4,000 and a full tuition fee waiver. They are also available for part-time study on a pro-rata basis.

SOAS, University of London: the SOAS Sanctuary scheme offers fully funded scholarships at undergraduate level. The scholarships include a full tuition fee waiver for any full-time undergraduate degree of 3 years duration, along with £12,000 maintenance per academic year, to contribute towards living costs. Applicants must be resident in the UK.

Solent University Southampton: up to one new full fee waiver per year for any Syrian National with refugee status (per year of entry). Applicants must live within reasonable commuting distance of Solent University and should be aged 18–25 years old or who are in the UK under the Governments Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. Solent University also awards one Solent Sanctuary Scholarship consisting of a full yearly fee waiver and a £3,000 grant to a person seeking sanctuary studying on a three-year undergraduate programme.

University of South Wales: the USW Refugee Sanctuary Scheme covers the full tuition fee costs for the Pre-sessional English Language Programme or the International Foundation Programme (Intensive English) for eligible applicants. The USW Asylum Seeker Bursary covers the full tuition fee costs of an eligible full-time postgraduate course, along with an additional £1,000 for course related costs.

University of St Andrews: the St Andrews Sanctuary Scholarship is available for undergraduate applicants who are seeking sanctuary in the UK. It provides full tuition fees and up to £7,500 maintenance per year. There is also a postgraduate scholarship that offers up to £22,000 for Postgraduate Taught courses and up to £15,000 for Postgraduate Research.

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: the University works with the Strathclyde Students’ Association, Scottish Refugee Council and The Carnegie Trust to provide a scholarship to help Asylum Seekers and those staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds to overcome barriers in progressing to higher education. It is open to prospective undergraduate and taught postgraduate students. The scholarship meets the cost of tuition fees and includes an allowance for essential study-related expenditure.

University of Suffolk: two scholarships (one undergraduate and one postgraduate) are offered to asylum seekers who are unable to access financial support from Student Finance England. The scholarships offer a full tuition fee waiver and a £500 Suffolk Bursary per year of study (the bursary is only available for undergraduate students).

University of Sunderland: refugees and asylum seekers can apply for a University of Sunderland Bursary. This consists of a total award of £3,000 (£2,400 StudyPlus credit and £600 cash), split over three years.

University of Surrey: a partial tuition fee payment and a maintenance grant of £1,500 are available for one undergraduate student and one postgraduate taught student who are asylum seekers or who hold Discretionary Leave to Remain. This award is not available to those who already hold an equivalent or higher level qualification.

University of Sussex: this scholarship is offered to an asylum seeker or applicant granted a temporary form of leave, to provide financial assistance in order to enable them to take up a place on a Master’s degree at the University of Sussex. It offers a full tuition fee waiver plus £11,500 bursary and Sussexsport membership. Applicants must have a household income below £25,000.

University of Swansea: The Sanctuary Scholarship will support one postgraduate taught master’s student each academic year. It includes a full tuition fee bursary and additional funds to help towards course related costs such as travel to and from University, subsistence costs, digital equipment and books.

Teeside University: five Sanctuary Scholarships (three on undergraduate courses and two on postgraduate courses) are available, offering a full tuition fee waiver and a grant towards living costs for asylum seekers and their dependants.

Ulster University: Asylum Seeker Scholarships are offered to students registered as asylum seekers in Northern Ireland. They provide a full tuition fee grant and a travel and course cost grant of £500 per year for students studying on a full-time undergraduate course.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David: four Sanctuary Scholarships offer support for students with UK asylum-seeking or refugee status. This bursary provides a tuition fee waiver and additional support for study. Applicants should have one of the listed immigration statuses, and have received a conditional or unconditional offer of full-time undergraduate study from the university.

University of Warwick: Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships offer full tuition fee support and maintenance support. Students will be awarded a non-repayable grant equivalent to the maximum government Maintenance Loan. Awards are available for students who are seeking asylum in the UK and are not entitled to receive statutory student financial support. There is also a postgraduate scholarship for Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research students that pays fees and offers a grant.

UWE Bristol: two scholarships are available to support refugee and asylum seekers looking to study undergraduate courses at UWE Bristol. They offer a full tuition fee waiver for the duration of the course, a £1,500 annual bursary and pastoral support from UWE Cares.

University of the West of Scotland: asylum seekers meeting certain conditions can request that UWS grant them home fee status and can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have their fees paid. If they do not meet the conditions they can request that UWS grant them home fee status, which will reduce the cost of tuition fees.

University of Westminster: a full tuition fee waiver and £6,000 per year towards maintenance costs up to a maximum of 3 years is offered to an applicant who is living in the UK and has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) by the Home Office. Applicants must hold an offer for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University and be under 25 years of age. The scholarship will be renewed each year subject to satisfactory academic performance.

University of Winchester: Sanctuary Awards are available to support up to five students per year seeking sanctuary in the UK to undertake a course in higher education. The awards consist of full tuition fees and a bursary of up to £5,000 per year. Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of the University of Winchester.

University of York: two Equal Access Scholarships for undergraduate students who are seeking refuge in the UK. The scholarship provides a full fee waiver and a maintenance award of up to £10,660 to help with living costs. Applicants must have applied for asylum on arrival in the UK, and before they have applied for a place at university. There is also an Equal Access Scholarship that offers a fee waiver and £10,660 grant to a taught postgraduate student seeking refuge in the UK.

York St. John University: one Article 26 Award is offered to a student seeking asylum in the UK. The award offers a full tuition fee waiver, £1,000 per year towards the costs of study and one-to-one personalised support. Applicants should live within commuting distance of York St. John University.

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