Article 26 Scholarship Award

Article 26 logoThe University of Birmingham is pleased to be able to offer a scholarship for an undergraduate student who has sought refuge in the UK.

If you wish to be considered for the award you must meet the following conditions at the point your application for the scholarship is made:

  • You are applying to study at the University of Birmingham for the first time as an undergraduate
  • You must have made the University of Birmingham’s offer your first choice through UCAS
  • You must apply directly to the University using the Article 26 application form
  • We will consider applications submitted between 1st May -31 July 2017 only
  • You must have submitted, or be a dependant* of someone who has submitted, an asylum application before you applied to the University through UCAS and you must be able to demonstrate that you applied for asylum on arrival in the UK and before an application to study was made to the University, OR you must be someone or a dependant* of someone who has been granted discretionary leave

*Spouses/ civil partners must have been the spouse/ civil partner on the date which the asylum application was made. Children/step-children must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made.

  • You must provide documentation you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum or human rights claim with your Scholarship Award application
  • You must complete the University Authorisation form permitting the University to contact the Home Office about your immigration case
  • You must attend or have attended a school, college, community or voluntary group in the UK who will provide a reference for your application answering all the questions on the Article 26 application form
  • You must be studying at undergraduate degree level for the first time and will be entering the first year of the programme
  • You must demonstrate that you are unable to access mainstream UK student funding due to you residency status
  • You must hold a current offer from the University of Birmingham to start year one of a full time undergraduate course  
  • If you receive notification that you are liable to be detained, you will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.  If your status changes throughout the application process or at any point prior to or during your studies, you must notify the University immediately

Please get in touch if you have any questions: fga@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Making an application

You need to complete all sections of the Article 26 Scholarship application and provide:

  • A personal statement explaining why you would like to be considered for the scholarship; there is no need to repeat anything you have written in your UCAS personal statement
  • A reference from a referee in support of your application from your school/college or community group
  • The Home Office authorisation form
  • Evidence of your residency status

This information should be sent to fga@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Selection process

  • This is a competitive process and only one application will be successful
  • Your application will first be considered by the International Students Advisory Service who will confirm to the panel considering your application if your immigration status meets the criteria outlined here. The University will contact the Home Office to verify your immigration status in the UK
  • A panel of senior University members of staff will select the strongest applications for interview
  • If your application is taken forward, we will invite you for an interview to clarify the information you have provided in your application and discuss any support needs you might have
  • All awards are discretionary and there is no appeal against a decision not to award a scholarship
  • If at any point during the application process or after you start your studies, we are informed by the Home Office that you should not be studying at the University, you will no longer be eligible for the award.  We will deem you withdrawn and you will be expected to leave your studies immediately.

Essential terms and conditions

Before you make an application you must read the following terms and conditions:

Change in asylum status during studies

  • Students must inform the International Student Advisory Service immediately if they receive any change to their Asylum Status
  • Students who have a change in their Asylum Status which means that they become eligible for student financial support from the government, are expected to make an application for support for the following academic year. For example, a first year undergraduate student with Asylum Seeker status who gains Refugee Status in November of their first year, would be expected to apply for government student support for all future academic years. If you would welcome support and guidance in making an application for student funding, please email fga@contacts.bham.ac.uk
  • Once government support has been awarded for the following academic year, your award will be removed 

Scholarship renewal

The scholarships will be awarded for the duration of your studies for a maximum of three years, and be renewable each year provided that the following conditions and above criteria continue to be met:

  • You must satisfactorily progress through to the next year of study on your chosen course;
  • You must continue to be registered full time on your course each year