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 Salford, Manchester: three 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: five 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: a complete non-financial support package, along with priority access to the Student Success Scholarship of £2,000 per year, is offered to refugees in the UK who wish to study at Sheffield Hallam University.

Southampton Solent University: 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 Southampton Solent University and should be aged 18–25 years old or who are in the UK under the Governments Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.

SOAS, University of London: the SOAS Sanctuary scheme provides scholarships for up to six undergraduates and one Master's student. The scholarship offers a full tuition fee waiver at Home/EU level and is available to those who are an asylum seeker or have discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection status, UASC (Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child) leave to remain or limited leave to remain.

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: applicants with refugee status, humanitarian protection, discretionary leave and asylum seeker status can apply for various scholarships at the university. The correct tuition fee status will determine which scholarships are available.

The University of Stirling: one Fee Waiver to a Syrian applicant who holds an offer of a place on any Postgraduate Masters course. This Fee Waiver is available to a Syrian refugee displaced by conflict in their country, living in the UK who has been afforded ‘humanitarian protection’ status.

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow: scholarships that offer full tuition fee support and an allowance for study costs are available on undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses for asylum seekers.  The University works with the Scottish Refugee Council and the Bridges Programmes to offer support and information to refugees who are considering entering higher education through workshops, information sessions and collaborative activities.

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.

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: one full overseas tuition fee waiver plus a £3,000 maintenance grant per year of study is available for asylum seekers or their dependants who have a household income under £42,875.

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: the University is introducing a bursary called ‘Reaching Wider Community of Interest Bursary: Refugees and Asylum Seekers’. Details about the amount, awarding criteria and application procedure are to be confirmed.

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.

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: one full tuition fee scholarships 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 £3,000 per year.  Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of the University of Winchester.

University of Wolverhampton: free, six-week English Language courses are available for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who are living in or near Wolverhampton. This is currently a pilot project, but it is hoped that it can be expanded and continued beyond the pilot stage.

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.

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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