Sanctuary Scholarships

Academic year 2024
Amount £9,840
Sheffield, England


The University of Sheffield offers Sanctuary Scholarships for those who have sought refuge in the UK - for example, students who have been displaced or affected by a conflict in their home country or have another reason for their forced migration to the UK.

The 10 fully-funded Sanctuary Scholarships for 2024 entry cover the cost of tuition and provide a £9,840 award to support living costs for each year of study.

This scholarship was formerly known as the Asylum Seeker Scholarship.


To be eligible for the scholarship you must:

  • have been granted humanitarian protection or limited leave to remain in the UK, be a dependant or partner of someone with humanitarian protection or limited leave to remain, or you or your parent/guardian or partner are an asylum seeker and have submitted a claim within the UK for refugee status and have not yet received a decision from the Home Office on that application

  • have applied for asylum on arrival in the UK, and before you have applied for a place at university

  • currently attend a school, college or community/voluntary group that will provide a reference in support of your application

  • hold an offer from the University of Sheffield to study an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course starting in September 2024*

  • be studying at degree level in the UK for the first time (applicable to undergraduate students only)**

  • not be eligible to receive support from a UK funding agency, such as Student Finance England

*Students who require a foundation or conversion course as part of their offer to study at the University should contact us to discuss their eligibility.

**Please contact the Student Fees and Funding Team if you have withdrawn from a previous course.

You are not eligible to apply for the scholarship if:

  • you have exhausted all appeal rights and have not submitted a fresh claim for asylum or an application to remain in the UK under another immigration category. If your status changes at any stage of the application process you must notify us immediately.

  • you have a ‘no study’ immigration bail condition or a ‘restricted study’ condition that prohibits study in higher education.

The deadline to receive complete applications is 1.00pm Monday 1 July 2024.


Application will close on 01 July 2024


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