University of Sheffield Sanctuary Scholarship 2024/25 – Apply Now!

University of Sheffield Sanctuary Scholarship

The University of Sheffield offers Sanctuary Scholarship for those who have sought refuge in the UK – for example, students who have been displaced or affected by a conflict in their home country or have another reason for their forced migration to the UK.

Scholarship Benefits
  1. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition.
  2. Provide a £9,840 award to support living costs for each year of study.

To be eligible for the scholarship you must:

  • Have been granted humanitarian protection or limited leave to remain in the UK, be a dependant or partner of someone with humanitarian protection or limited leave to remain, or you or your parent/guardian or partner are an asylum seeker and have submitted a claim within the UK for refugee status and have not yet received a decision from the Home Office on that application
  • Have applied for asylum on arrival in the UK, and before you have applied for a place at university
  • Currently attend a school, college or community/voluntary group that will provide a reference in support of your application
  • Hold an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course offer from the University of Sheffield starting in September 2024*
  • Be studying at degree level in the UK for the first time (applicable to undergraduate students only)**
  • Not be eligible to receive support from a UK funding agency, such as Student Finance England.


You are not eligible to apply for the scholarship if:

  • You have exhausted all appeal rights and have not submitted a fresh claim for asylum or an application to remain in the UK under another immigration category.
  • If your status changes at any stage of the application process you must notify us immediately.
  • You have a ‘no study’ immigration bail condition or a ‘restricted study’ condition that prohibits study in higher education.

How to Apply for University of Sheffield Sanctuary Scholarship

1. Complete the application form.

2. Provide a supporting statement from your referee from the school, college or community/volunteering group you currently attend.

You can attach this to your application form or submit it by email at a later date ahead of the application deadline.

3. Send us all the documentation you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum claim and your referee’s statement. These can be attached to your application or emailed to us.

Important Notice
  • This scholarship was formerly known as the Asylum Seeker Scholarship.
  • The deadline to receive complete applications is 1.00pm Monday 1 July 2024.
  • A panel of senior University staff will assess all eligible applications. This is a competitive process and applications will be judged using the selection criteria below.
  • All eligible applicants will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application before the end of July 2024.
  • If you do not meet the criteria below but have been displaced or affected by conflict or persecution in your home country, please get in touch to discuss your eligibility.
  • If at any point during the application process or after you start your studies we are informed that your immigration status has changed, as such that you are no longer permitted to study at the University, you will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.

Additionally, please keep an eye on our website for more updates on University of Sheffield Sanctuary Scholarship and do not forget to use the comment section below if you have any question.

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