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 December 2020. 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 the Arts London: the UAL Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship offers up to six scholarships to applicants meeting the eligibility criteria. Scholarships provide a £30,000 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.

Aston University: refugees are eligible for the Aston Support Scholarship, worth £1,250 in each stage of study. The University will automatically assess eligibility using information provided at enrolment.

University of Bath: two Sanctuary Scholarships of a full tuition fee waiver and a £15,285 bursary for living costs for asylum seekers wishing to study taught postgraduate master’s programmes. There is also a bursary for those who have refugee status or have Humanitarian Protection with three years of ordinary residence in the UK.

Birkbeck, University of London: the Compass Project Sanctuary Scholarship provides up to 20 asylum seekers, who are not eligible for student finance, with a sanctuary scholarship to study a university-level programme at Birkbeck, University of London. The scholarship offers a full tuition fee waiver and additional financial support to cover costs such as transport, childcare and books.

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 Bristol: the Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme offers support towards the cost of full or part-time undergraduate and master's degrees. 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.

Brunel University, London: the Sanctuary Scholarship offers a full fee waiver to full time students identified as ‘refugees’. As well as a full tuition fee waiver, successful applicants will receive free single occupancy accommodation in one of Brunel’s Halls of Residences.

University of Cambridge: the Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship is a full-cost award available to undergraduate and graduate students, covering tuition fees and maintenance. It is available for students from an area of instability or zone of conflict who have been at risk of discrimination, persecution, suffering, violence or other abuse of their human rights. The Quantedge-Cambridge Refugee Scholarship is available annually to support one student, who has been awarded ‘refugee status’ in the UK, to study for an MPhil (Master of Philosophy) at King’s College, Cambridge. All MPhil subjects offered by the College are eligible for the Scholarship.

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 Metropolitan University: offers two scholarships to asylum seekers or their partners or dependants for postgraduate taught Master’s courses and two scholarships for undergraduate courses. The scholarships consist of a full tuition fee waiver, a bus pass, a daily lunch voucher and personal support.

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. 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 £13,510 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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