Get funding to cover tuition fees
Plus ongoing support
If you're seeking asylum and studying an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree, you could get a Sanctuary Scholarship to cover all of your undergraduate tuition fees.
You'll also get ongoing personal and financial support during your course so you can concentrate on your studies
There's one Sanctuary Scholarship available each year. It isn't based on your income and you don't need to pay it back whilst you're ineligible for UK Government financial support.
What it includes
- Full tuition fees for each year of an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree (including a sandwich year)
- Financial support towards study costs – for example books, IT equipment, travel costs or other costs that help you to study effectively
You'll also get personal support to help identify and overcome barriers to achievement on your course.
To be considered for the Sanctuary Scholarship, at least one of the following must apply:
- You have submitted an application to the UK Home Office for asylum or humanitarian protection
- You have been granted Discretionary or Limited Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status as a result of an asylum application and are not eligible for funding from Student Finance England
- You are the spouse/civil partner or dependant of someone who has submitted an application to the UK Home Office for asylum or humanitarian protection
- You are the spouse/civil partner or dependant of someone how has been granted Discretionary or Limited Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status as a result of an asylum application and are not eligible for funding from Student Finance England
Spouses/civil partners must have been your spouse/civil partner on the date they made an asylum application. If you're a dependant of someone, you must have been aged under 18 on the date they made an asylum application.
You must also:
- Have a conditional or unconditional offer from the University of Portsmouth for entry in September 2023 onto an undergraduate degree course (excluding NHS funded courses)
- Be attending a school, college, community or voluntary group, which can provide a reference in support of your application
- Not need support for accommodation and living expenses and live within a suitable distance to easily commute to the University
- Be unable to access UK Government student financial support because of your immigration status
- Be able to provide evidence that the UK Home Office is considering your (or your spouse/civil partner/parent/carer's) asylum application
- Be willing to act as a champion for the University to encourage future students to progress to higher education
See terms and conditions for full eligibility criteria.
Applying for the Sanctuary Scholarship
To apply, you must hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study an undergraduate degree starting in September 2023.
Details on how to apply for courses are on all course pages.
You'll need to complete a brief application to demonstrate how studying at the University of Portsmouth and being awarded this scholarship will prepare you for your future.
Asking for an application form
Once you hold an offer to study with us, email email@example.com to ask for a Sanctuary Scholarship application form.
Sending your application form
When you send your completed application form, you'll also need to include:
- a copy of your University of Portsmouth offer letter
- the name and contact details of a referee from someone at your school, college, community or voluntary group
- evidence of your current immigration status
Deadline for applications
The deadline for 2023 Sanctuary Scholarship applications is 5.00pm on 28 April 2023.
Your application will be reviewed in May and we'll let you know if your application is successful by 30 June 2023.
If your circumstances change
You must let us know if you (or your parents or spouse/civil partner) are granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK as a result of an asylum application.
If this happens, your scholarship will end at the start of the next academic year. You'll then be classed as a home (UK) student and be eligible for UK Government financial support such as a student loan.
Getting other scholarships and bursaries
Although people seeking sanctuary are often classed as international students for fee purposes, our tuition fees waiver means you pay the same tuition fees as home (UK) students whether or not you get the Sanctuary Scholarship.
You may also be eligible for our Sanctuary Language Bursary and other UK student bursaries and scholarships.
The Star Network has details of scholarships and bursaries available at other universities for people seeking sanctuary.