Sanctuary Scholarship

Academic year 2024


We work in partnership with The Archdeacon of Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral) under the Article 26 Project to enable those seeking asylum to progress to higher education with our Sanctuary Scholarship.

What is the Sanctuary Scholarship?

The Sanctuary Scholarship is available to those who have asylum seeker or refugee status.

At Canterbury Christ Church University, we support and advocate for those who have travelled to the UK for safety. We seek to support those wanting to continue their education and are proud to offer the Sanctuary Scholarship to those in need. 

Applications are open from 1 April - 30 June.

What can the Sanctuary Scholarship be used for?

The Sanctuary Scholarship can be used to financially aid the following:

Tuition fee support

Successful students will be offered a tuition fee waiver until such time as they are awarded status that entitles them to access statutory student support. The fee waiver will not extend to repeat years of study.

Study and travel support

Successful students will be offered an annual bursary totalling £1000 to assist with study and travel expenses. Canterbury Christ Church University and The Archdeacon of Canterbury’s Office both contribute to this bursary. The bursary is not means‐tested and is paid directly into the student’s bank account in three termly instalments (Term 1 = £250; Term 2 = £250; Term 3 = £500). The bursary will not be paid for repeat years of study.

Personal support

Support will be developed for each student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree course.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be:

  • an asylum seeker/a dependant of an asylum seeker;


  • an asylum seeker/a dependant of an asylum seeker who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status


  • have firmly accepted an offer of a full-time undergraduate place at Canterbury Christ Church University (please note Postgraduate applicants are ineligible)

  • currently attending a school, college, community or voluntary group which can provide a reference in support of your application

  • unable to access statutory student support

  • do not require support to fund accommodation.

Applicants have to agree to keep the Immigration Compliance department of the University updated on their immigration status at all times. As soon as they receive a decision from the Home Office, they must provide the University with a copy of the documents, whether it is a positive or negative decision. The University may not be able to keep a failed asylum seeker who has exhausted their appeal rights within the University.


Application will close on 30 June 2024


What our students have to say about SI-UK

I utilized the services of SI-UK in Chennai which proved invaluable for me. They provided great assistance throughout my application process, guiding me from evaluating my choices to selecting the university that best matched my profile.
Masters in Business Analytics, Lancaster University
Nidhi Agarwal
"SI-UK has been a crucial part of my UK journey. They assisted me in obtaining my bachelor's degree in August 2019 and now, they've aided me in securing admission to a top design university in London for my master's. The counselors at SI-UK offer personalised support to each applicant, helping us in each and every step including the final stage of obtaining our CAS letter once we receive the offer."
Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal
MSc Design Innovation, Loughborough University
"The entire team at SI-UK was incredibly supportive. They provided me with a list of universities to consider, and I ultimately chose Aston University. With their assistance, I applied and received an offer along with a £5000 scholarship. I am grateful to my counselor and the entire team for guiding me through the visa application process and every other aspect. Thank you, SI-UK, for helping me pursue my dream."
Engineering, Aston University
Saumya Sharma
"Last year, I reached out to SI-UK, Jaipur for my Master’s journey, and it has been an incredibly fulfilling and successful experience. From guiding me through the application process to assisting with letters of recommendation and statement of purpose, and even following up with universities, SI-UK provided comprehensive support at every step of the journey. They went the extra mile, assisting with admissions, fee processing, accommodation arrangements, visa guidance, and coordination on medical checkups. I firmly believe that my admission to the University of Birmingham wouldn't have been possible without SI-UK. I highly recommend SI-UK to anyone seeking admission to a UK or Ireland university."
Saumya Sharma
Saumya Sharma
MBA , University of Birmingham
Jehabuz Khan
In September, I sought assistance from SI-UK for my studies in the UK, with a planned intake for January 2023. With the support of my counsellor who made exceptional efforts, I smoothly navigated the application process which culminated in the timely acquisition of my UK student visa hassle-free. I wholeheartedly endorse SI-UK to fellow students aiming to pursue their dreams of studying in the UK. Thank you!
Jehabuz Khan
Jehabuz Khan
MSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde
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