Sanctuary Scholarship

Level of study
Postgraduate taught masters, Any Undergraduate
Subject area
Arts and Law, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences, Social Sciences
Nationality
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
University
Deadline for applying
Closes 30/06/2022

Award Description

The University of Birmingham is pleased to be able to offer five Sanctuary Scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate taught students starting at the University in 2022 who have sought refuge in the UK. We are committed to providing a welcoming environment for asylum seekers and we are passionate about becoming a university of sanctuary. 

Value of Award

Sanctuary Scholars receive a full tuition-fee waiver and £5,000 per year of study to help with living costs. The University will also offer a fully funded place in University-owned accommodation to all Scholars for their first year of study. You will also receive a welcome pack on starting at the University, which will include useful resources to help get your studies off to a great start.

Eligibility Criteria

The Sanctuary Scholarships have been established to help prospective students who have sought refuge in the UK and are unable to access student loans or other sources of statutory funding available in the UK, due to their residency status.

To be considered for a Sanctuary Scholarship you must be able to demonstrate that you meet the following conditions at the point your application for the Scholarship is made:

  • You must be unable to access mainstream UK student funding due to your residency status.
  • You must hold a current offer from the University of Birmingham for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course in September 2022.  
  • You must have submitted, or be a dependant* of someone who has submitted, an asylum application in the UK OR you need to have already been granted discretionary leave.
    • *To be classed as a dependent, 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.

If you receive notification that you are liable to be detained, or we are informed by the Home Office that you should not be studying at the University, you will no longer be eligible for the scholarship. If your status changes after you have made an application for the Sanctuary Scholarship, at any point prior to or during your studies, it’s really important that you get in touch with us to discuss the issue as  quickly as possible by emailing us at sanctuaryawards@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

We know that understanding if you are eligible for these awards can be difficult, so we have provided some answers to the questions we are most asked. The answers to these questions are only about your eligibility to apply for the Sanctuary Scholarship and do not confirm that you will receive an award:

Can I apply for the award if I am not currently living in the UK?

No, you must be currently living in the UK to be eligible to apply for a Sanctuary Scholarship.

Can I apply with limited leave to remain?

Yes, if the limited leave to remain has been granted on the grounds of humanitarian protection and not in relation to other immigration categories (such as Spouse, Skilled Worker, Tier 5, etc.).

Can I apply if I have been granted humanitarian protection?

Yes, if you have been granted humanitarian protection you can apply for a Sanctuary Scholarship.

Can I supply a reference from an organisation or institute outside of the UK?

Yes, you can supply a reference from any professional who knows your circumstances and can comment on your academic background.

What are the most common reasons for an application being ineligible?

The two most common reasons for a Scholarship application being ineligible are:

  1. The applicant does not have permissions in a relevant asylum or humanitarian-protection category (for example, their visa is for employment).
  2. Their asylum application has been refused and they have no further rights of appeal.

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, it is merely intended to give you an idea of the basis of some of the previous scholarship rejections.

What if my asylum application is under consideration?

You can be considered for a Sanctuary Scholarship if have an asylum application under the correct category that is still under consideration, so long as you meet the other eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

You can apply for a Sanctuary Scholarship through our online application form, which will close at 23:59 on 30 June. The application form starts with a section giving the University authority to confirm your status with the Home Office and discuss your case with them. You need to complete this section first for us to be able to consider you for an award. Once you have submitted this first section of the form, you will then be able to access the main scholarship application form through the link provided in the submission confirmation message at the end of the letter of authority. You then need to complete all the sections in the scholarship application sections of the form to be considered for an award.

It’s important to remember that the availability of awards is limited and as such not all applications will be successful. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by the end of August.

The selection process is as follows:

  1. After you’ve completed the online application form, Funding, Graduation and Awards will check your application and contact you if we need any further information.
  2. Your application will then be reviewed by the University’s International Student Team (IST) to check that you meet the edibility criteria for an award. The University will need to contact the Home Office on your behalf, so it’s important that you complete the authorisation form as part of your scholarship application.
  3. If your application is taken forward, it will be shared with the University’s Sanctuary Scholarship panel, who will identify the applicants that we would like to invite for an interview. 
  4. For those who make it to this stage, the interviews will take place in the week commencing Monday 8 August 2022 at our Edgbaston campus.
  5. Successful candidates will be identified at the interviews and notified of the outcome by the end of August. All awards are made at the discretion of the panel and there is no appeal against a decision not to award a scholarship.

If you need any support with your application, please contact us at sanctuaryawards@contacts.bham.ac.uk and we will do our best to help. You may also find the following organisations useful:

Contact

Funding, Graduation & Awards
sanctuaryawards@contacts.bham.ac.uk