Sanctuary Scholarships

Kingston University has four fee-remitted Sanctuary Scholarships available each academic year for Asylum Seeking applicants with no access to Student Finance. This is in support of STAR's Equal Access Campaign which aims to create scholarship pathways to provide higher education to refugees and asylum seekers who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK.

Awards for students seeking sanctuary

We currently offer:

  • Four full fee-remitted places each year to successful undergraduate applicants;
  • An annual £5,000 bursary to support students with living costs; and
  • A place on our KU Cares Scheme, which includes a designated member of staff to provide support, guidance and opportunities throughout your studies.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A forced migrant
  • An asylum seeker
  • Granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status as a result of an asylum or human rights application
  • Ineligible to apply for Student Finance

Important: Applicants must have submitted an application to study at Kingston University for the forthcoming academic year before a Sanctuary Scholarship application can be considered.

Applications for September 2023 entry are now closed.

Applications for September 2024 entry will open in January 2024.

More information

Sanctuary Scholarships at Kingston University are extremely competitive, we would encourage applicants to research other funding opportunities in addition to making an application.

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