Sanctuary Scholarship

Academic year 2024
Brighton, England


The University of Sussex has been awarded the title of University of Sanctuary, in recognition of its efforts to welcome and support forced migrants. This Sanctuary Scholarship is one way that the University supports students that are unable to receive student loans; to enable them to take up a place on their chosen degree at Sussex.

What you get

  • Full 'Overseas' tuition fee waiver 

  • £14,400 per year of undergraduate study (up to 4 years)

  • Sussexsport membership

  • Continuation of housing

Type of award

Full tuition fee waiver and living costs


This scholarship is offered to forced migrants or applicants granted a temporary form of leave only, to provide financial assistance in order to enable them to take up a place on a degree at the University of Sussex. Therefore applicants will be required to provide evidence of this in order to apply.

Who is eligible

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have received an offer of a place to study an undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex starting in September 2024. Foundation, Year 1 or Year 2 applicants can apply. You must also:

  • Have submitted, or are the dependent of someone who has submitted, an application to the UK Home Office for recognition as a Refugee; or

  • Have been granted temporary form of leave to remain in the UK as a result of an asylum application (e.g. limited leave to remain, humanitarian protection) and not be eligible for funding from Student Finance England; or

  • Be a partner/child of an asylum seeker or an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child; and

  • Have a household income of under £25,000; and

  • Be unable to access UK government student financial support because of your current immigration status

Who isn’t eligible

You are not eligible for this scholarship if you:

  • Are not currently residing in the UK

  • Have applied for, or received, recognition as Refugee (or other forms of temporary leave as the result of an application for Asylum) in a country which is not the UK

  • Are applying for a degree at a university that is not at the University of Sussex

  • Are progressing into the final year of a degree at Sussex

  • Are studying an online course

  • Are studying one of the Excluded courses listed below.

Deadline : 1 April 2024 23:59


Application will close on 01 April 2024


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