Sanctuary Scholarship

Academic year 2024
Amount Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant


The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.


Immigration Status

As well as meeting the academic requirements for your chosen programme of study you will also need to demonstrate that:

  • You have submitted a claim for asylum within the UK and are awaiting a response (this includes submission of a fresh claim) or

  • You have Limited Leave to Remain (formerly Discretionary Leave to Remain) in the UK and are not eligible for funding via Student Finance England or

  • You have been awarded ‘Humanitarian Protection’ or Refugee status in the UK but are not eligible for funding via Student Finance England or

  • You have left care in the UK and are assessed as international for tuition fee purposes and are not eligible for funding via Student Finance England or

  • (For applicants to postgraduate research programmes only) You have been granted refugee status* by the UK Home Office or

  • You are the family member of someone with one of the immigration statuses listed above with ‘in line’ or ‘dependent’ status

Programme of Study

Sanctuary Scholarship applications will be considered from students applying to the following programmes:

  • Full-time undergraduate degree programmes

  • Full-time Doctorate level programmes (eg PhD, EngD,EdD)

The following programmes are not eligible for Sanctuary Scholarship funding:

  • BMBS Medicine – this is due to a cap imposed by the NHS on the number of home students we can recruit to the programme.  Any change to the fee status of a student during their studies would put the University in breach of this cap

  • Any taught or research Masters programmes (eg MA, MSc, MPhil, MbyRes)

Value of Scholarship

  • Undergraduates – a full tuition fee waiver plus a grant for living costs of £11,500 for each year of study.

  • Undergraduate students will also receive a £2000 Access to Exeter Bursary during each year of study

  • Doctorate Students (STEM disciplines) - a full tuition fee waiver plus an annual living cost grant of £18,622*.  A research allowance of £5000 per year will also be paid.  All funding will normally be for a maximum of 3.5 years.

  • Doctorate Students (HASS disciplines) -a full tuition fee waiver plus an annual living cost grant of £18,622*.  A research allowance of £750 per year will also be paid. All funding will normally be for a maximum of 3 years.

Application deadline: 17th May 2024


Application will close on 17 May 2024


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