Equal Access University Scholarships for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK

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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. We also have a downloadable list of scholarships with application deadlines (updated March 2020).

Any questions about applying to university? See our FAQs page.

You can also watch a webinar on accessing university as a refugee or asylum seeker in the UK here on our youtube channel

If you are a student, STAR group, or university staff member looking to campaign for Equal Access at your university, take a look at our Equal Access campaign resources or speak to our Access to University Campaign and Advocacy Coordinator, on 02076974136. Sign up to our mailing list to receive regular updates on scholarship opportunities.

If you are not seeking refugee protection but are unable to access HE funding as a result of temporary or lack of immigration status then We Belong, an organisation which campaigns for the rights of young migrants in the UK accessing higher education, might be able to help you. They offer advice and support about accessing HE and a list of scholarships which are open to UK migrants. Find out more at We Belong.

Downloadable list of scholarships with application deadlines:STAR_Scholarship_deadline_list_March_2020.pdf


Universities offering financial support

Understanding the table
AS Asylum Seeker: have submitted a claim for asylum or be actively appealing a negative decision on claim for asylum.
R Refugee status
DLR/LLR(as) Discretionary Leave to Remain/Limited Leave to Remain as the result of an asylum claim
DLR/LLR Discretionary Leave to Remain/Limited Leave to Remain for any reason, including asylum
HP Humanitarian Protection
In most cases dependants are also eligible to apply. Check the individual university for details



University
UG/PG
Offering
Eligibility
Link
Bath
PG

UG
Fee waiver
£15,009 grant
Home fees
£1000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)

R,
Sanctuary Scholarship


Refugee Bursary
Birkbeck
UG/PG
Fee waiver
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
The Compass Project
Birmingham
UG
Fee waiver
£10,000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Article 26 Scholarship
Bradford
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£500
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship
Bristol
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£14,553
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship
Brunel
UG
Fee waiver
Accommodation
R, AS, HP, DLR
Brunel Sanctuary (Refugee) Scholarship
Cambridge
UG/PG
Full costs
R, AS, HP, DLR
The Rowan Williams Scholarship
Cambridge King’s College
MPhil
Full costs
R,
Quantedge Refugee Masters Scholarship
Canterbury
Christchurch
UG
Fee waiver
£1000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Article 26 Award
Cardiff
UG
Fee waiver
Home fees
£4000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Support for asylum seekers
Cardiff
Metropolitan
PG
Fee waiver
Bus pass
Lunch
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Award
Chester
UG
Fee waiver
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Award
City, University
of London
UG
Fee waiver
£12,102
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Article 26 Scholarship
De Montfort,
Leicester
UG
Fee waiver
£3500
Housing
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Article 26 Scholarship
Dundee
PG
Fee waiver
£9135
Housing
R, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Humanitarian Scholarship
East Anglia
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£3000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Article 26 Refugee Scholarship
Edge Hill
UG
Fee waiver
Home fees
£800
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Award
Edinburgh
UG/PG
Home fees
Fee waiver
£6000
AS
Asylum Seeker Scholarship
Essex
UG

PG
£1000

Fee waiver
Living costs support £10,000
R

AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Refugee Bursary


Sanctuary Scholarship
Exeter
UG/PG
Home fees
Fee waiver
£9500
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship
Glasgow
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£5000
Accommodation
AS, HP DLR/LLR
Humanitarian Scholarships
Glasgow Caledonian
UG
Fee waiver
£1250
AS, DLR/LLR
Asylum Seeker Scholarship
University of Gloucestershire
UG
Fee waiver
£3000pa
R AS, HP DLR/LLR
Micheal Perman Sanctuary Scholarship
Goldsmiths,
London
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£11,400
Accommodation
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
International Response Scholarship
Greenwich,
London
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£5000
Accommodation
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship
Herriot-Watt,
Edinburgh
PG
Fee waiver
£1000
AS, DLR/LLR
Syrian Refugee Scholarship
Hull
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£2,000
AS, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship
Keele
UG PG
Fee waiver
£1450
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship
Kent
UG
Fee Waiver
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Article 26 Award
Kings College London
UG

PG
Fee waiver & £12,010

£10,000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR

R & HP;
Sanctuary Scholarship

Dr Monica Malik Refugee Bursary
Summer Programmes

Further Information
Kingston
University
UG
Fee waiver
£3000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Sanctuary Scholarships
University of Leeds
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£10,000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship
Leeds Trinity
UG
Fee waiver
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship
Leicester
PG, UG, PHd, Distance learning
Fee waiver
£3500pa
AS, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship Distance Learning
Liverpool
UG
Home fees
Fee waiver
£3000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Asylum Seeker Bursary
London
Metropolitan
UG
Home fees
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Asylum Seeker and Refugees Fees Policy
London School
of Economics
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£11,000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Access to Education Scholarship (UG)
Access to Education Scholarship (PG)
Manchester
UG
Fee waiver
Accommodation
£5000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Article 26 Scholarship
Marlborough College
Summer school
Fee waiver
R
Al-Rashid Scholarship
Newcastle
UG PG
Fee waiver
Living Costs
R AS DLR/LLR HP
NU Sanctuary Scholarships
Newman University,
Birmingham
UG
Fee waiver
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Article 26 Scheme
Northumbria
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£1000
AS
Sanctuary Scholarships
Nottingham
UG
Fee waiver
£500 [ AS ] / £1000 [ R ]
R, AS, , DLR/LLR(as)
Funding for refugees and asylum seekers
Nottingham Trent
UG
Fee waiver
£500
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
NTU Article 26 Scholarship
Oxford
PG
Fee waiver Living costs
R, AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Oxford Refugee Scholarship
Oxford Brookes
UG/PG/Foundation year
Fee waiver Accommodation equiv to £8000
Living costs £4000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship
Portsmouth
PHd
Fee waiver, £14,000
R/ ‘scholars at risk’;
SaR/SSiC Bursary
Queen Mary,
University of London
UG
Home fees
Fee waiver
Maintenance grant of up to £12,010
£1700
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Sanctuary Scholarship
Queen’s University
Belfast
UG
Fee waiver
£8000
AS, DLR/LLR(as)
Asylum Seeker Scholarships
Royal Holloway
London
UG
Full fee reduction, £12,000 bursary
AS, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarship
Roehampton
London
UG
Fee waiver, Accommodation, Maintenance
AS
Sacred Heart Sanctuary Scholarship
Salford
UG
Fee waiver, £3000 bursary
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Article 26 Scholarship
Sheffield
UG
Fee waiver
£9840
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Asylum Seeker Scholarship

English Language Scholarships
Sheffield Hallam
UG/PG
Fee waiver
£4000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Sanctuary Scholarship

SOAS, London
UG/PG
Fee waiver
Living costs support
R, AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Sanctuary Scholarships
St. Andrews
UG/PG
Fee waiver and Maintenance
AS, R, DLR/LLR, HP
Postgraduate Undergraduate
Strathclyde
UG/PG
Fee waiver
AS, DLR/LLR, HP
Asylum Seeker Scholarship
University of
Suffolk
UG PG
Fee waiver
£500
AS
Asylum Seeker Support

Surrey
UG/PG
Home fees
Up to £1500
AS, DLR/LLR(as)
Asylum Seeker Bursary
Swansea
Foundation, UG, PG and PhD
TBC
AS (Local)
Asylum Seeker Bursary, locally recruiting
Teesside
UG/PG
Fee waiver
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Sanctuary Award
University of the
Arts, London
PG
Fee waiver
Accommodation
AS
Beyond Borders Bursary
University College
London
UG
Fee waiver
£11,000
Home fees
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Access Opportunity Award
University of
East London
PG
Fee waiver
Pre-sessional course
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Asylum Seeker Postgraduate Scholarship

University of
London
PG
Fee waiver
R, DP
Master’s Scholarships for Refugees and Displaced People
Ulster University
UG
Fee waiver
£500
AS
Asylum Seeker Scholarship
University of
South Wales
UG/PG
Fee waiver
Language tuition
R, AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Refugee Sanctuary Scheme

Asylum Seeker Bursary
University of
Sussex
UG
Fee waiver
£11,500
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Article 26 Scholarship

Warwick
UG/PG
Fee waiver
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Sanctuary Scholarships
Westminster
Not running 2020-2021
Winchester
UG
Fee waiver
£3000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Sanctuary Award
York
UG
Fee waiver
£10,660
AS, HP, DLR/LLR(as)
Equal Access Scholarship

Sharifah Sofia Albukhary Scholarship
York St. John
UG
Fee waiver
£1000
AS, HP, DLR/LLR
Sanctuary Scholarship

* 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

Refugee Support Network work with the Schwabb and Westheimer trust and the Marks Family Charitable Trust to offer scholarships to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK: See more on RSN’s Website








Organisation Offering Details and Links
The UNITE Foundation
Free accommodation
Free university accommodation for care leavers and estranged students aged 25 or under, holding home fee status and undertaking an undergraduate degree
The Brittan Scholarship
Fees & grant
For those who want to study a masters course or another higher education course of no more than two years duration (such as a university foundation year). The scholarship is available for students of International Law, International Aid or International Business
Westheimer Scholarship
Scholarships
Three scholarships for young asylum seekers to pursue an undergraduate degree in social care, medicine, nursing or related professions
Marks Family Charitable Foundation
Scholarships
A scholarships for asylum seekers to pursue a degree in the humanities, medicine or health and social care
Hope for the Young
Grants
Provides small grants towards tuition and living expenses for asylum seekers
The Leathersellers Company Student Grant’s Scheme
Grants
The Leathersellers’ Company now awards Student Grants of up to £5,000 a year, for a maximum of 4 years, to study full-time for a degree at a UK University. The scheme is open to students of any nationality who can show a commitment to the UK.
Family Action
Grants
Provides grants to support people begin or continue their studies (for people with right of residency only)
Prospects scholarships list
List
List of further available scholarships for higher education.
Refugee Survival Trust (Scotland)
Grants
Small grants to enable refugees and asylum seekers to access education and employment such as application fees, book costs etc.
Ruth Hayman Trust
Grants
Small grants to support the education and training of adults who have come to settle in the UK, speak English as a second or other language and have difficulty paying for their studies.

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

STAR Links

For information on how to apply to university and other support organisations, look at our FAQS.
For information on The Equal Access Campaign & how to campaign at your university, click here.

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