Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarships

Academic year 2024
Amount £1200
Newcastle-under-Lyme, England


Article 26 of the Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to Education”. Keele University are committed to supporting students from all backgrounds to access Higher Education and provide scholarships for asylum seekers and forced migrants who are seeking sanctuary in the UK. 

Here at Keele we believe that everyone has the right to education and are working to ensure that asylum seekers and students from a forced migrant background are able to access Higher Education. Successful applicants for the 2024/25 Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship at Keele University will be provided with: 

  • A full tuition fee waiver for up to 4 years.

  • A cash award of £1200 each year towards living costs.

  • An additional award of £250 towards course costs each year of study to be loaded onto the student’s Keele card.

  • Personal support will also be available for each successful student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree programme.

Please be aware that the scholarship is unable to provide full maintenance support so applicants must be able to provide evidence that they will be able to cover their living costs whilst studying. 

Applications for the 2024/25 Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship fund will be open between 22 January 2024 - 26 April 2024.

Who can apply?

For 2024/25 entry we will be offering the following Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarships:

  • 2 scholarships for eligible applicants wishing to study an undergraduate degree programme.

  • 1 scholarship for eligible applicants wishing to study a postgraduate taught Masters degree programme (part-time or full-time).

Successful applicants for the Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship at Keele University will be provided with:

  • Full tuition fee costs for up to a maximum of four years.

  • A cash award of £1200 each year towards living costs.

  • £250 towards course costs loaded on the studentsKeele Card in each year of study.

  • Personal Support: Support will also be developed for each successful student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree programme.

Applications will be considered from students applying for the following courses:

  • Full time undergraduate degree and foundation programmes (up to a maximum of four years).

  • Full time or part time postgraduate taught Master’s programmes (applicants must be studying a minimum of a Master’s qualifications; modular courses and the Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma are not eligible).

Applicants must fall into one of the following immigration status groups and be unable to access UK government funding because of their current immigration status:

  • An asylum seeker – a person who has made a claim with the UK for refugee status.

  • A person who has been granted some form of temporary status, such as Limited Leave to remain, in the UK.

  • Dependents or partners of any of the above status groups, whose claim is dependent on a principal applicant.


Application will close on 26 May 2024


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