Our University offers scholarships to people in the process of seeking asylum or fleeing from war and persecution, to cover the full cost of an undergraduate or postgraduate-taught programme.

Article 26 Scholarships 

Five Article 26 Scholarships are offered each year.  

What does the scholarship include?

  • A designated member of staff to provide support, guidance and opportunities throughout the studies including regular network meetings with other scholarship holders.  
  • Covers the full cost of the tuition fees for a maximum of the normal duration of the undergraduate programme for which the applicant has been admitted, until such time as they are awarded a status that entitles them to access student finance.  
  • Provides £5,000 per year towards living cost expenses.  
  • Provides a free place in one of our Halls of Residence for scholarship students who wish to stay in University accommodation.

Who is eligible to apply?

The applicant’s immigration status must be: 
• Refugee status 

• Discretionary leave to remain (DLR)  

• Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) 

• Humanitarian Protection (HP)  

• Awaiting a decision on application for refugee status  

• Leave as an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child (UASC leave)  

• Refugee status + 5 years indefinite leave to remain (ILR)  

• Refused Asylum Seeker - application for refugee status has been denied and a fresh claim is in process  

• Lived in the UK for the last half of life which was not for the principal purpose of study, and has a form of immigration permission (this can include Limited Leave to Remain (LLR)  

Find out more about the Article 26 Scholarship.  

Humanitarian Scholarship 

20 fully funded scholarships are available for prospective students who are fleeing war and persecution. They are open to any international applicant who has been displaced because of armed conflict or is at serious risk of persecution or violence due to race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.  

There are up to ten places on offer for 2024 and successful applicants will have their fees, living expenses and visas covered. 

Find out more about the Humanitarian Scholarship.  

University of Sanctuary 

In our access and participation plan we have detailed how our University has recently become a University of Sanctuary as we commit to continuing our Article 26 Scholarships for sanctuary seekers and working with asylum seekers and refugee organisations to raise awareness of the support available to prospective students.

Our Article 26 Scholarships are advertised to students as part of our student financial support package. We have given access to our University library as a place for asylum seekers and refugees to study and use as a reference facility. When students are awarded the Article 26 scholarship we track their progress and continue to offer support and advice during their studies and in preparation for graduation.