The UK University Scholarships Directory


The following list provides details of all the universities in the UK that provide funding for refugees and/or asylum seekers. This information was correct at time of writing in January 2017. 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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University of Aberdeen: the ‘Shining Lights’ Scholarship Scheme offers at least four awards that will be a mix of undergraduate and taught postgraduate places, to support refugee students who have chosen to come to the UK. The scholarships will cover tuition fees plus accommodation for four students.

University of the Arts London: the UAL Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship offers up to eight scholarships to applicants meeting the eligibility criteria. Scholarships provide a £25,000 award to cover tuition fees and make a contribution towards living costs. Scholarship recipients will also be offered International Students House accommodation for the duration of their study. The scholarships are open to asylum seekers.

Bath Spa University: two Undergraduate Scholarships in International Education for Syrian refugees already living in the UK (fees and £5,000 living allowance) and two Postgraduate Scholarships in International Education for Syrian refugees (fees only).

Birkbeck, University of London: twenty fully-funded places for asylum seekers on any undergraduate or postgraduate certificate course. Birkbeck will also offer a tailored programme of additional support to smooth the transition to the British higher education system.

University of Birmingham: one Article 26 Scholarship Award for a student who has sought refuge in the UK to study for an undergraduate degree. The scholarship will be awarded for a maximum of three years if conditions do not change and the criteria are met.

University of Bradford: Sanctuary Scholarships provide free tuition and £500 for costs and travel for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses to enable people seeking asylum, or those already granted refugee status who cannot access student finance, to participate in higher education.

University of Brighton: Global Opportunities Scholarships provide up to £15,000 to cover living costs and a fee waiver for postgraduate taught study on selected courses. Applications are open to students who cannot access any other postgraduate funding because their current refugee status is defined as ‘asylum seeker’, or they have been refused asylum but have been granted some other form of temporary status.

University of Bristol: the Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme offers support towards the cost of full or part-time undergraduate and master's degrees, and PhDs. The scholarships comprise two schemes: a full scholarship for students with no access to financial support from the UK Government and a partial scholarship for students who can access UK Government support.

Canterbury Christchurch University: one Article 26 Scholarship for a student seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependant or partner of someone seeking asylum or a student, dependant or partner of someone seeking asylum who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status. The scholarship offers a full tuition fee waiver and an annual £1,000 bursary.

Cardiff University: two awards to students who are either asylum seekers or children of asylum seekers. Awards will cover the cost of tuition and provide a non-repayable grant of £4,000 per year to support living costs. Additional awards of up to £1,000 are available through the Cardiff Education Trust Fund for students who have attended a secondary school in Cardiff and they, or their parents, are seeking asylum.

University of Chester: the Sanctuary Award offers one full tuition fee waiver per year for an asylum seeker. Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of the University of Chester. The Sanctuary Award is payable in each academic year of the course.

City, University of London: three Article 26 Scholarships are offered to asylum seekers, consisting of full tuition fee support and a grant of £12,102 to help students with the costs of living and studying. This will apply for each year of study on an undergraduate course. Students must be attending a school, college, community or voluntary group that can provide a reference in support of their application.

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De Montfort University, Leicester : eight Article 26 Scholarships are offered to students from an asylum-seeking background who do not have access to student finance. One recipient will also be eligible for a UNITE Foundation Scholarship that provides £3,000 per year living costs and, following an assessment of circumstances, free accommodation in a UNITE hall for three years.

University of Dundee: the Humanitarian Scholarship of up to £24,450 to help with tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses is available for full-time postgraduate courses. Students must hold the status afforded by the UK Government of 'humanitarian protection', hold full refugee status (granted by the UK Government), or have Discretionary leave to Remain on the basis of an asylum application. Students from overseas can also apply on humanitarian grounds.

University of East Anglia: two Article 26 awards of a full fee waiver for the duration of the course, and a stipend of £3,000 per year, are offered to one undergraduate student and one postgraduate student. Applicants must be a refugee living in the UK. Priority will be given to those already settled in the Norfolk region.

Edge Hill University: the Sanctuary Award provides up to two full tuition fee waivers, plus an additional £800 scholarship for undergraduate courses. Applicants must be seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependant or partner of someone seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependant or partner of someone seeking asylum who has been granted limited leave to remain or some other form of temporary status. Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of Edge Hill University.

University of Edinburgh: up to three postgraduate scholarships for students from Syria who either hold the status of ‘humanitarian protection’ or full ‘refugee status’ as granted by the UK Government studying a one-year Master’s degree programme in any subject offered by the University. Each scholarship covers the full tuition fee as well as a stipend of £14,000 for one academic year.

University of Essex: a £1,000 bursary is available for undergraduates or students with UK refugee status, or a dependant of UK refugees. Applicants must be a registered student to apply for this bursary.

University of Exeter: a partial tuition fee waiver is available for undergraduate asylum seekers (whose cases have not yet been decided). The partial fee waiver is only available for full-time undergraduate programmes, excluding Medicine and other NHS-funded programmes.  Applicants must have applied for asylum in the UK before they have applied to UCAS and be able to evidence proof of application for asylum.

University of Glasgow: four scholarships offering full tuition fee waiver, £5,000 cash award and free accommodation for undergraduate and postgraduate asylum seekers. The University of Glasgow also offers free accommodation to all students with humanitarian protection or asylum seeker status where available.

Goldsmiths, University of London: three awards are available to refugees through the Goldsmiths International Response Scholarship Fund for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The award offers an accommodation fee waiver, £11,400 for each year of study and a tuition fee waiver. Applicants must be undertaking their first undergraduate/postgraduate degree and must demonstrate strong academic potential.

Heriot Watt University: a number of full fees scholarships for Syrian refugees are available for taught postgraduate courses. In addition to funding for fees, recipients will also receive a £1,000 bursary towards their living costs. Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an eligible postgraduate taught programme.

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Keele University: two Article 26 Scholarships are available for students who are seeking asylum in the UK and do not have access to student finance. The scholarship offers a 100% tuition fee waiver for an undergraduate course (with the exception of NHS-funded courses and Foundation Year courses). Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of Keele University.

University of Kent: four 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: two Sanctuary Scholarships are available, comprising of full tuition fee support and help with living costs, for each academic year of an undergraduate programme. These awards exclude professional health programmes that attract NHS funding. Applicants must be asylum-seekers holding an offer of a place on a King’s undergraduate programme; or offer-holders who have been granted limited leave as the result of an asylum application or human rights application.

Kingston University, London: four Article 26 Awards are available for asylum seekers on undergraduate courses. They offer four 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.

London School of Economics: three awards of up to £20,000 (fee waiver and bursary) for undergraduate students who are asylum seekers or refugees. These awards are means-tested. There are also ten fully-funded scholarships for postgraduate students who are asylum seekers or refugees. These scholarships will be based on financial need, and are designed to help with tuition fees and living costs.

University of Manchester: one Article 26 Award of a full tuition fee waiver and a cash £600 bursary per year for an asylum seeker or the partner/dependant of an asylum seeker; or an asylum seeker/partner/dependant who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status. Applicants should live within commuting distance of the University of Manchester.

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.

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 £500 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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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 Margaret University, Edinburgh: the QMU Syrian Refugee Scholarship covers all academic fees to help support a Syrian student studying a full-time or part-time Master’s programme within the Institute for Global Health and Development, including MSc Global Health, MSc Social Development & Health or MSc Sexual & Reproductive Health. The Scholarship also includes a £1,000 contribution towards living costs and a waiver of fees for QMU’s four-week English Language pre-sessional programme.

Queen Mary University of London: two full tuition fee waivers, a non-repayable maintenance bursary of £1,571 and an amount equivalent to the student loan (£7,097 for those living in a parental home, £11,002 for those living independently) for undergraduate students who are asylum seekers or hold 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.

Royal Holloway, University of London: one Article 26 Award of a full fee waiver 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 programme at Royal Holloway. Students who have refugee status are not eligible for this scholarship.

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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. Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of the University of Salford.

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.

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.

St Mary’s University, Twickenham London: one Article 26 Award offering a full fee waiver and additional financial support for living costs for asylum seekers.  Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of St Mary's University. Applicants must have a conditional or unconditional offer of a full-time undergraduate place from St Mary's University.

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 Surrey: a partial tuition fee payment and a maintenance grant of £1,200 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: the Sussex Refugee Scholarship enables Syrians to take an intensive English language course in preparation for university study. The scholarship is open to Syrian nationals aged 18 to 25 who are, or who will be, in the UK under the Government's Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. Each scholarship is worth up to £10,000 per student and will cover the full course tuition fees together with £100 per week contribution towards living costs. The University of Sussex also offers two full fee waivers and a £3,000 cash award per year to students who have been granted Leave to Remain in the UK or who are claiming Asylum as a refugee in the UK.

University of Warwick: various scholarships are offered to support refugee, humanitarian protection and asylum seeking students in the UK. This includes: two Article 26 Awards of full tuition fees and a grant of up to £8,430 per year; three fully-funded scholarships for postgraduate taught students; and up to two fully-funded scholarships for research students. Each scholarship has its own eligibility criteria and application procedure.

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 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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