Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Find out which universities welcome refugees with special bursaries and scholarships!

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This list is now out of date. View our updated list of universities offering scholarships for asylum seekers.

Lots of universities offer scholarships, bursaries, fee waivers* and reduced fees to help people who have claimed asylum in the UK access higher education**. Below is a list of all the universities we’ve heard about that offer this kind of support – if you hear about any others, please let us know! Just send us a message using our contact form.

Most of the scholarships and bursaries in this list are for students studying undergraduate courses; where a university offers support for both undergraduates and postgraduates we’ve made this clear with UG and PG.

The list includes scholarships, bursaries, fee waivers and fee reductions for people still waiting for a decision on their asylum claim and for those who have been granted refugee status, Discretionary Leave to Remain and other forms of temporary leave resulting from an asylum claim. You can see who can apply for the support in the Details and Links section of the table and find out more on the university’s own website.

University Offering Number Details and Links
Canterbury Christchurch Bursaries 1 One award available per year for asylum seekers (full tuition fee waiver plus £1,000 bursary): http://bit.ly/1PMWowo
Cardiff (STAR group) Home Fees and Scholarships n/a and 2 Asylum seekers charged home fees***. 2 scholarships for asylum seekers and children of asylum seekers (full tuition fee waiver and £4,000 per year): http://bit.ly/1TEi3WN Can also apply for Cardiff Education Trust Fund: http://bit.ly/1Raulsb
Chester Fee Waivers 1 One award available per year for asylum seekers (full tuition fee waiver): http://bit.ly/1O5szBW
De Montfort Scholarships 4 Four scholarships available per year for asylum seekers (4 people will receive a full tuition fee waiver, and 1 person will also get a £3,000 UNITE foundation bursary and free accommodation in a UNITE hall): http://bit.ly/1TEibpi
Edge Hill Scholarships 2 Two awards available per year for: Asylum seekers and their dependents and partners People seeking asylum who are granted limited leave to remain or some other form of temporary status and their dependents and partners (full tuition fee waiver and £800 scholarship for cost of books and travel): http://bit.ly/1kLBosN
Edinburgh (STAR Group) Scholarships 5 Five scholarships for asylum seekers: http://bit.ly/20TrENI
Exeter (STAR group) Home Fees n/a Home Fees for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children: http://bit.ly/1ZNyW58
Goldsmiths Bursaries 1 £9,000 per year for a refugee or asylum seeker who’s eligible to study at Goldsmiths but exempt from receiving student support: http://bit.ly/1ONIiWx
Keele Fee Waivers and Scholarships 1 UG (77 PG) One award available (full tuition fee waiver for one student per year): http://bit.ly/1mBNTJq £10,000 scholarships available for people who have been granted refugee status after a succesful application for political asylum to take post graduate courses: http://bit.ly/1VIgSqx
Kingston University Bursaries 4 Four bursaries every year available for asylum seekers, their partners and dependants asylum seekers who have been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status (full fee waivers and an annual £3,000 bursary): http://bit.ly/1PKes8A
London Metropolitan Home Fees n/a Asylum seekers pay home fees: http://bit.ly/1PeYSPw
London School of Economics (STAR group) Scholarships 2 UG (10 PG) Two awards for asylum seekers and people who have been granted limited leave as the result of an asylum application and their children (partial tuition fee waiver (equating to home fees plus means tested bursaries of up to £11,000): http://bit.ly/1Z5jWND Ten awards for postgraduates, worth up to £40,000 per year for fees and living costs, depending on the course – note that no further information has been released since the initial announcement.
Newcastle (STAR group) Home Fees Limited Offers limited number of tuition fee reductions for asylum seekers, making the fee equivalent to home fees: http://bit.ly/1n3Zi4D
Newman University College (Birmingham) Scholarships 1 One award for: Asylum seekers and their dependents and partners People seeking asylum who are granted Discretionary Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status and their dependents and partners (full fee waiver and limited additional financial support to assist with study and travel expenses): http://bit.ly/1OayqGJ
Nottingham Trent Scholarships 2 Two awards available per year for people with discretionary leave to remain from an asylum claim (full tuition fee waiver and a £500 award towards course and travel costs for each year): http://bit.ly/1PKfnpD
Queen Mary (Centre for the Study of Migration) (STAR group) Home Fees and Bursaries n/a and 4 Home fees for asylum seekers and children of asylum seekers. 4 bursaries for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and those holding Discretionary Leave to Remain (full tuition fee waivers and maintenance support equivalent to a student finance maintenance loan (£8,009 in 2016-17) and a bursary of £1,000): http://bit.ly/1n3ZrFk
Royal Holloway Fee Waivers 1 One scholarship for people seeking asylum or with Discretionary Leave to Remain or other temporary status and their dependents (full tuition fee waiver): http://bit.ly/1PKfAsQ
University of Sheffield (STAR group) Scholarships 5 Five scholarships for people seeking asylum or with Discretionary Leave to Remain or limited leave to remain and their dependents and partners (full fee waivers and £9,840 to support living costs for each year of study): http://bit.ly/1JtQmPY
SOAS Fee Waivers 4 UG (3 PG) 4 undergraduate and 3 postgraduate scholarships (2 Masters and 1 research) for people with UK Refugee status or Humanitarian Protection status (full fee waivers): http://bit.ly/1PKfNMJ
Strathclyde Scholarships Limited (UG & PG) A limited number of scholarships for undergraduates and postgraduates available (full tuition fee waiver plus financial support for study-related expenditure): http://bit.ly/1n3ZBwm
Sussex (STAR group) Scholarships 2 Two scholarships for people with Discretionary Leave to Remain (from a limited list of countries) (full fee waivers and £3,000 per year): http://bit.ly/1JtQI9b Plus 50 English language scholarships for Syrian refugees: http://bit.ly/1MSI3YS
UCL (STAR group) Home Fees n/a UCL agreed to charge home fees for asylum seekers from 2015, though there is no official guidance online.
UEL (STAR group) Fee Waivers 10 PG Ten scholarships for postgraduates who are: Syrian and have been given Humanitarian Protection status by the UK Or, Syrian and have been granted Refugee Status by the UK (full fee waiver): http://bit.ly/1IQFKL1
University of Leeds (STAR group) Home Fees n/a Home Fees used to be available for asylum seekers studying undergraduate courses– no information now available online.
University of Lincoln Scholarships 2 Two scholarships for people who are seeking asylum in the UK: http://bit.ly/1ZZYxI4
University of Liverpool (STAR group) Home Fees n/a Home fees for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and people with Discretionary Leave to Remain: http://bit.ly/2025R5Z
University of Manchester (STAR group) Home Fees and Scholarship n/a and 1 Home fees for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children: http://bit.ly/1VIk71f May offer one scholarship (tbc): http://bit.ly/1PeZyo3
University of Salford Scholarships 3 Three scholarships for people who: Asylum seekers and their dependents and partners People seeking asylum who are granted Discretionary Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status and their dependents and partners (full tuition fee waiver and limited additional financial support to assist with study and travel expenses): http://bit.ly/1mFOc5w
University of York (STAR group) Scholarships 2 2 undergraduate scholarships for anyone who applied for asylum before 15th January 2016 who is from Syria, North Africa or the Middle East (full fee waiver, and a maintenance award of up to £8,100): http://bit.ly/1OzZEdK
Warwick (STAR group) Scholarships 10 (per year) Announced 10 student scholarships for refugees seeking a place at university to study or research in this academic year (2015-16) and 2016-17. Mix of postgraduate and undergraduate studentships. *Note that there has been no update on this since the initial announcement.
Westminster Scholarships 1 One scholarship for people with Discretionary Leave to Remain who are under 25 years of age: http://bit.ly/1PKgNQU
Winchester Fee Waivers 2 Two awards for people who are: Seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependent or partner of someone seeking asylum Seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependent or partner of someone seeking asylum who has been granted limited leave to remain or some other form of temporary status (full tuition fee waiver for two students per year): http://bit.ly/1MSJgzn

* In many cases scholarships and bursaries are the same thing, to avoid confusion, we’ve used the same words as the university uses; scholarships and bursaries cover fees and also some living costs. Fee waivers cover only fees.

** While some England-based universities have committed to supporting Equal Access to higher education by charging Home Fees (instead of International Fees) to people seeking asylum or with Discretionary Leave to Remain or other forms of temporary leave, universities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also, according to national policies, charge Home Fees to people with Discretionary Leave to Remain and / or people seeking asylum; for more information see: http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Fees—finance/Home-or-Overseas-fees/

*** People living in Wales with Discretionary Leave to Remain charged Home Fees according to national policy.

Posted by STAR team on 06/01/2016 at 12:06 PM