Sanctuary scholarships

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Key Facts

Fee status

England, Wales, NI, Republic of Ireland, Scotland


Undergraduate, Postgraduate (taught)


Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Number of awards


Value of awards

Tuition fees plus costs up to £900

Your country/region

All international

Sanctuary scholarships are awarded to taught postgraduate and undergraduate students who are in the UK and have applied for asylum or are staying in the UK as refugees or on humanitarian grounds.

Background information

The deadline for the 2022 scholarships has now passed. Information on the next round of scholarships will be published here as soon as it is available. For any queries in the meantime please contact

These scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and postgraduate students who are seeking asylum and /or staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds.

  • Undergraduate Access Sanctuary Scholarship
  • Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarship
  • Postgraduate Sanctuary Scholarship

The scholarship includes a fee waiver (until such time as the student is eligible to receive support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) or an equivalent body). It also includes support, generally in the form of in-kind contributions, to help students meet travel and other essential study costs, up to a value of:

  • £450 for access programmes
  • £900 for undergraduate programmes (four years or part-time equivalent)
  • £1,000 for postgraduate programmes (one year or part-time equivalent)

Eligibility and availability

Applications will be considered from potential students who:

  • are already in the UK; and
  • have applied for a place on an undergraduate, postgraduate taught or access programme at the University of Stirling for 2022-2023; and

and have an official Home Office status that is one of the following:

  • asylum seeker
  • refugee
  • humanitarian protection with forced migration background
  • limited leave to remain with forced migration background
  • discretionary leave to remain with forced migration

Please note that housing costs are not covered by the scholarship.

Applications will also be considered from students who have already started their course of study but have subsequently applied for asylum and can no longer access their original funding. In these cases it will be necessary to establish that the original funding for study is no longer available and applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence.

How do I apply?

Please complete and return the Sanctuary Scholarships Application Form.

Contact us

Potential applicants should contact the Student Recruitment Team (Scotland/Widening Participation). If you call 01786 467046, please ask to speak to Student Recruitment Team for Scotland/Widening Participation.