Equal Access University Scholarships for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Lots of universities already 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 and organisations we’ve heard about that offer this kind of support. We try to keep this list as up to date as possible but recommend that you check with the university to make sure. If you hear about any others or think the information about a university is incorrect, please let us know! Just send us a message using our contact form.

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Universities offering financial support

University Offering UG/PG Details and Links
Aberdeen Fee waiver Accommodation UG/PGT 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: http://bit.ly/2m7lY7p
Bath Fee waiver £10,000 UG/PG A postgraduate scholarship for applicants who are asylum seekers, have discretionary/limited leave to remain or humanitarian protection as the result of an asylum claim. Includes a fee waiver and £10, 000 towards living costs: http://bit.ly/2wk2Sjl Undergraduate support for applicants with refugee status/ 3 years of humanitarian protection is offered, including accommodation, a bursary and means-tested scholarship: http://bit.ly/2y5z77g
Bath Spa Fee waiver £5000 PG 2 postgraduate scholarships in International Education for Syrian refugees. Includes a fee waivers and £5000 stipend: http://bit.ly/2moQev7
Birkbeck Fee waiver & additional support UG/PG 20 fully funded places for asylum seekers or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain) to study on any undergraduate or postgraduate certificate programme: http://bit.ly/2szKkdi Applicants from other forced migration backgrounds e.g. refugees are encouraged to contact [email]n.abubacker@bbk.ac.uk[/email].
Birmingham Fee waiver UG One scholarship for an asylum seeker or someone who, following an asylum claim, has been granted discretionary/limited leave to remain or humanitarian protection or their dependant to do an undergraduate degree: http://bit.ly/2bhP5Mt
Bradford Fee waiver £500 UG/PG Tuition fee waiver and course costs bursary of £500 for asylum seekers, those granted another form of temporary status following an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection) or refugees who cannot access Student Finance: http://bit.ly/2r5xeod
Bristol Fee waiver £14,553 UG/PG Full scholarships for asylum seekers, those granted another form of temporary status following an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection), refugees and dependants of any of these groups who do not have access to student finance. This covers fees, living costs of up to £14,296, English language tuition and other foundational support. There is also a partial scholarships for those who can already access student finance: http://bit.ly/1YhvWPg
Canterbury Christchurch Fee waiver £1000 UG One award available per year for asylum seekers, or those with discretionary leave or other temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (full tuition fee waiver plus £1,000 bursary): http://bit.ly/2aoOTMs
Cardiff Fee waiver £4000 UG Fee waiver available for asylum seekers/ child of an asylum seeker. 2 scholarships for asylum seekers and dependants (full tuition fee waiver and £4,000 per year): http://bit.ly/1UcTJfY Current students can also apply for Cardiff Education Trust Fund: http://bit.ly/1Raulsb
Cardiff Metropolitan Fee waiver Bus pass & lunch PG 2 postgraduate scholarships for asylum seekers,or their dependant or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain). http://bit.ly/2pZM4Hu
Chester Fee waiver UG One full tuition fee waiver per year for asylum seeker, those granted another form of temporary status following an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection): http://bit.ly/1O5szBW
City, University of London Fee waiver £12,102 UG Three full tuition fee waivers available per year for asylum seekers or those granted another form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim. Includes a £12,102 grant to cover living costs: http://bit.ly/2gamHxp
De Montfort Fee waiver £3500 (or £500) Accommodation UG Eight scholarships available per year for asylum seekers or or those granted another form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (7 people will receive a full tuition fee waiver, and 1 person will also get free accommodation in a UNITE hall). This includes NHS funded courses: http://bit.ly/1TEibpi
Dundee Fee waiver £9135 Free accommodation PG Five scholarships available for Postgraduate Taught Students with Refugee Status, Humanitarian protection or Discretionary Leave to remain as a result of an asylum claim. Includes tuition fee waiver, living costs stipend and accommodation: http://bit.ly/2mGoG02
East Anglia Fee waiver £3000 UG/PG 2 awards for asylum seekers or those granted another form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim(e.g. discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection, refugee status). Includes tuition fee waiver and maintenance cost support: http://bit.ly/2m2b2r0
Edge Hill Fee waiver £800 UG One awards available for asylum seekers and those granted another form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (full tuition fee waiver and £800 scholarship for cost of books and travel). And all asylum seekers pay home fees: http://bit.ly/1kLBosN
Edinburgh Home fees Fee waiver £14,000 PG A number of options: Home fee status for asylum seekers, those with discretionary leave and other temporary statuses. 3 UG scholarships and 2 PG scholarships with a stipend of up to £10,000 per year. 5 fully funded places for refugees & asylum seekers to the English Language Teaching Centre summer school. http://bit.ly/2aoQzoT and three postgraduate scholarships for Syrians with refugee status or humanitarian protection. Covers tuition fees and £14,000 stipend: http://bit.ly/1NdqZne
Essex £10,000 & £1000 UG/PG 3 £10,000 scholarships for 2017-18 entry, 2 PG and 1UG students for Syrians with refugee status (deadline 25th July):http://bit.ly/2u5ozCn. Refugee students are also eligible for a £1000 bursary: http://bit.ly/2eEICAl
Exeter Home Fees UG/PG Home Fees for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children: http://bit.ly/1TRpUon There are also 3 Sanctuary scholarships offered for asylum seekers or those granted limited leave to remain or humanitarian protection as the result of an asylum claim or care leaver who is assessed as international for tuition fee purposes and are not eligible for funding or their dependants. At undergraduate level the scholarship offers a full tuition fee waiver plus a grant for living costs of £9500 for each year of study. At postgraduate (doctoral) level the scholarship is also open to refugees and includes a full tuition fee waiver plus an annual living cost grant of £14,500. A research allowance of £5000 per year will also be paid to students studying STEM subjects, or £750 per year for students studying HASS subjects: http://bit.ly/2hAlEd6
Glasgow Fee waiver £5000 Accommodation UG/PG ‘Humanitarian Scholarships’ – Tuition fee waiver, £5000 stipend and accommodation fee waiver at undergraduate level for two asylum seekers, those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim or leave to remain under Article 8, or their dependant: http://bit.ly/2aCPw3d. Also offering two scholarships for refugees who want to study an MA in Global Migrations and Social Justice: http://bit.ly/2mn4K3E
Goldsmiths Fee waiver £11,400 Accommodation UG/PG ‘International Response Scholarship’ – Tuition fee waiver and and accommodation fee waiver at undergraduate and postgraduate level for asylum seekers,those granted a temporary form of leave as a result of an asylum claim(e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain), or refugees. UG: http://bit.ly/1TLu63u and PG: http://bit.ly/2hBzvzF
Herriot-Watt Fee waiver £1000 PGT Fee waiver and £1000 bursary for Syrian refugees to undertake a postgraduate taught programme: http://bit.ly/2l7Jt0r
Keele Fee waiver UG Two awards available (full tuition fee waiver) for asylum seekers or those granted another form of temporary leave to remain as a result of an asylum claim: http://bit.ly/1mBNTJq
Kent Fee Waiver UG Four awards available (full tuition fee waiver) for asylum seekers or those granted another form of leave to remain (or their dependants) following a request for asylum: http://bit.ly/2mleEWE
Kings College London Fee waiver £11,000 UG Two award available per year for asylum seekers or those granted a temporary form of leave following an asylum claim or their dependants (full tuition fee waiver plus £11,000 bursary): http://bit.ly/24wG3SL and 10 tuition fee waivers for refugees to take part in their summer school: http://bit.ly/2knAras
Kingston University Fee waiver £3000 UG Four bursaries every year available for asylum seekers, their partners or dependants or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain). Full fee waiver and an annual £3,000 bursary: http://bit.ly/1PKes8A
Leeds Trinity Fee waiver UG Fee waiver for one asylum seeker/their dependent or or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain): http://bit.ly/2aJJHFw
Liverpool Home fees Fee waiver £3000 UG Home fees for asylum seekers or their dependants, or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain): http://bit.ly/2qwjZLu. Includes two tuition fee waivers and maintenance support.
London Metropolitan Home fees UG/PG Home Fees for asylum seekers and those with discretionary leave: http://bit.ly/1TY7j6V
London School of Economics Fee waiver £11,000 UG/PG Three 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/2qZwe0O Ten fully funded scholarships for postgraduates who are asylum seekers or refugees: http://bit.ly/1XprfDs
Manchester Home Fees Fee waiver £600 UG Home fees for asylum seekers or their dependants: http://bit.ly/2hALz4d and one full fee waiver including £600 grant: http://bit.ly/1PeZyo3
Newcastle Home fees UG 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) Fee waiver UG One award for: One award for asylum seekers or their dependants or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain). Includes a full fee waiver and limited additional financial support to assist with study and travel expenses): http://bit.ly/1OayqGJ
Nottingham Fee waiver £500/1,000 UG/pg The Maycock-Whileman Scholarship (open all year) offers an UG student with refugee status a bursary of £1,000 a year: http://bit.ly/2gKKxG4 Postgraduate students with refugee status may be eligible to apply to the Commonwealth Scholarships: http://bit.ly/2eKCvMZ One scholarship is offered at undergraduate level to asylum seekers or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain) covering the full international fee plus £500 per year towards living costs: http://bit.ly/2×9RR5j
Nottingham Trent Fee waiver £500 UG Two awards available per year for asylum seekers or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain). Includes a full tuition fee waiver and a £500 award towards course and travel costs for each year: http://bit.ly/2aJKFSb
Oxford Fee waiver UG/PG A scholarship for a refugee, asylum seeker or person with humanitarian protection to study at Oxford: http://bit.ly/2l6pazK
Oxford, Balliol College Fee waiver UG A full scholarship and living costs allowance for a refugee or asylum seeker to study an undergraduate degree: http://bit.ly/2vvW9TN
Queen Mary’s Fee waiver £11,002 UG Home fees for asylum seekers/their children: http://bit.ly/2fy7RlM Up to 2 bursaries for asylum seekers, their dependants or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain). Includes full tuition fee waivers and grant equivalent to student finance maintenance loan (£11,002) and a bursary of £1,571: http://bit.ly/2fqDTQp
Queen’s University, Belfast Fee waiver £8000 per annum UG 2 full fee waivers and £8000 bursary for asylum seekers or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain) or their dependant. Applicants must also be current residents of Northern Ireland: http://bit.ly/2hEseSq
Royal Holloway Fee waiver UG One scholarship for people seeking asylum or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain). Full tuition fee waiver: http://bit.ly/1PKfAsQ
Salford Fee waiver UG Three scholarships for people who are asylum seekers or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain). Full tuition fee waiver and limited additional financial support to assist with study and travel expenses. These scholarships are also offered for NHS courses. There is also additional support offered at a postgraduate level. http://bit.ly/2ys8Z3T
Sheffield Fee waiver £9840 UG/PG Five scholarships for people seeking asylum or with 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 Scholarships for English language courses: http://bit.ly/2aFo9Wl
SOAS Fee waiver UG/PG Undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships for any forced migrant (ie refugee status, asylum seekers, or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain). Support includes full fee waiver, some living costs support and some accommodation: http://bit.ly/2iInsmn
Southampton Solent Fee waiver UG/PG Fee waiver for one Syrian national with refugee status or here through the SVPR scheme: http://bit.ly/2lRL8EC
Stirling Fee waiver PGT Fee waiver for Syrian refugees on a masters programme: http://bit.ly/2m7r6bM
Strathclyde Fee waiver UG/PG For asylum seekers or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain). Full tuition fee waiver plus financial support for study-related expenditure: http://bit.ly/1sqJBr0
Surrey Home fees UG/PG Partial fee waiver bringing the cost to the ‘home fee’ rate and a bursary up to £1500 for asylum seekers: http://bit.ly/2iy0Wc1
Sussex Fee waiver £11,500 UG Two scholarships for asylum seekers or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain) or their dependants. Full fee waivers and £11,500 per year: http://bit.ly/2jnXMMD Plus 50 English language scholarships for Syrian refugees: http://bit.ly/1MSI3YS
UAL Fee waiver Accomodation PGT Up to eight fully funded scholarships (including accommodation) for postgraduate taught students who are asylum seekers. 25 scholarships providing £5,000 tuition fee remission for a full-time taught masters course for those that have international student fee status: http://bit.ly/2n1dhZX
UCL Fee waiver £10,750 UG Two undergraduate scholarships for asylum seekers or or those granted discretionary/limited leave to remain who are unable to access Student Finance funding. This scholarship provides full tuition fees and maintenance stipends of £10,750: http://bit.ly/2lTqxmg
UEL Tuition fee waiver & pre-sessional course PG A 10 month ‘Olive Up’ programme, giving students a Level 3 foundation qualification as a stepping stone to studying for a full bachelor degree: http://bit.ly/2yb2EZ9 Also offering a full tuition fee waiver at postgraduate level for as asylum seeker/their dependent or someone granted a temporary status as a result of an asylum claim: http://bit.ly/2xugSaB
USW English language tuition & scholarship UG & PG At undergraduate level, a free English language tuition course is offered for students with refugee status in preparation for an undergraduate degree: http://bit.ly/2ufvPrI At postgraduate level a full tuition fee waiver and small course costs fund is offered for asylum seekers: http://bit.ly/2hkhA3y .
Warwick Fee waiver £8,430 UG/PG Two fully funded scholarships for undergraduate students who are asylum seekers or have been granted another form of temporary status as the result of an asylum claim. Up to five fully funded scholarships for postgraduate taught and research students who are asylum seekers or who have humanitarian protection or refugee status: http://bit.ly/2gA0CJ0
Westminster Fee waiver UG One scholarship for people with Discretionary Leave to Remain who are under 25 years of age: http://bit.ly/1PKgNQU
Winchester Fee waiver £3000 UG Five awards for people who are seeking asylum in the UK or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain) or their dependants. Full full tuition fee waiver and £3000 bursary: http://bit.ly/2gZUZor
York Fee waiver £10,660 UG Full fee waiver, and a maintenance award of up to £10,660 for asylum seekers and those granted discretionary leave as a result of an asylum or human rights application or their dependants: http://bit.ly/1OzZEdK Applicants from certain countries may be eligible for the Albukhary Scholarship: http://bit.ly/2slgjPa
York S. John Fee waiver £1000 UG Fee waiver and £1000 per year of study for an asylum seeker or those granted a form of temporary status as a result of an asylum claim (e.g. discretionary/limited leave to remain) or their dependants: http://bit.ly/2dRtO0R

* 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.

Other organisations offering financial support





Organisation Offering Number Details and Links
The Brittan Scholarship Fees & grant n/a Open to students at either Masters or Undergraduate level who have no more than two years further to study in subjects of either International Law, International Aid or International Business. http://bit.ly/2sj1Dwo
Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship Scholarships 3 Up to 3 scholarships for asylum seekers to pursue a degree in social care, medicine, nursing or other health related programmes. http://swtrust.org.uk/
Tiko Foundation Grants 1 – 2 Provides funding towards tuition and accommodation expenses for asylum seekers. http://bit.ly/1TzY5e6
Hope For The Young Grants n/a Provides small grants towards tuition and living expenses for asylum seekers. http://bit.ly/2gZUZor
Family Action Grants n/a Provides grants to support people begin or continue their studies (for people with right of residency only). http://bit.ly/1VTcA2X
Refugee Survival Trust (Scotland only) Grants n/a Small grants to enable refugees and asylum seekers to access education and employment such as application fees, book costs etc: http://bit.ly/2iCp79y

For a more comprehensive list of organisations that provide small grants, take a look at this list

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