Sanctuary Scholarships

Academic year 2024


The University of Kent, in partnership with the Article 26 Project offers each year up to five Sanctuary Scholarships for undergraduate entry. These awards are aimed at helping those seeking asylum in the UK to progress to higher education. The benefits of the Sanctuary Scholarship award are:

  • Each recipient’s tuition fees will be waived for the duration of their programme of study or until they are able to access Student Finance England funding at the University of Kent (undergraduate programmes only).

  • The recipients will be eligible to receive financial support from the University of Kent to cover the cost of travel (to the University or for group support), books, equipment, etc. This is a bursary payment of £2000 at the start of the academic year.

  • The Students will be allocated an Adviser from Student Services to support them during their studies and to help access any support services and this will be a chance to check in and get extra support when or if it is needed.


To meet the eligibility criteria of the Award, applicants must:

  • Have refugee status, be an asylum seeker or the partner/dependent of an asylum seeker; OR an asylum seeker/partner/dependent who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status.

  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer of undergraduate study from the University of Kent, having applied through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

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

  • Not have access to mainstream funding, e.g. student finance or a local authority grant.

  • Live within commuting distance of the University of Kent (i.e. within the county of Kent).

  • Be able to cover their own living expenses and accommodation costs.

Unfortunately the following courses are not currently available on the Sanctuary Scholarship at Kent: Courses dependent on NHS funding, Dentistry, Foundation degree programmes, Medicine and Pharmacy. 

Deadline : 5th May 2024, 23:59 BST


Application will close on 05 May 2024


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