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Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships (Article 26)

The University of Warwick is working in partnership with the Article 26 project, supported by the Helena Kennedy Foundation, to facilitate people seeking asylum to progress into higher education. Article 26 is a project of the Helena Kennedy Foundation and takes its name from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to education and specifies that higher education should be accessible on the basis of merit.

For the 2018-19 academic year, up to four undergraduate scholarships will be available to students who are seeking asylum in the UK and are not entitled to receive statutory student financial support from Student Finance England (Wales or Northern Ireland) or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

The successful applicants will receive:

  • Full Tuition Fee Support - Students will be offered a 100% tuition fee waiver until such time as you are awarded status that enables you to access student finance.
  • Maintenance Support - Students will be awarded a grant equivalent to the maximum government Maintenance Loan for the 2018-19 academic year (in 2017-18 this was £8,430 a year if living away from parental home or £7,097 for those living in the parental home) towards living costs and course-related expenses, until such time as you are awarded status that enables you to access student finance.

Eligibility Criteria

You must ensure that you meet ALL of the eligibility criteria outlined below in order to apply and be able to provide documentary evidence to verify your circumstances. Applicants who do not meet the full criteria will not be considered for an award.

  • You have sought asylum in the UK or were included as a dependant (spouse/child)on an application for asylum* AND
  • You have received a decision on your claim for asylum, which has resulted in an award of DLR (Discretionary Leave to Remain), LLR (Limited Leave to Remain) or some other form of temporary status.

* Spouses/civil partners must have been the spouse/civil partner on the date on 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 have applied through UCAS for a full-time place on an undergraduate course at Warwick commencing in October 2018 and have been offered a place on that course before applying for an Article 26 award. Please note that the 4-year graduate entry MBCHB course and Year 1 Foundation courses in the Warwick Business School are ineligible for Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships.
  • You are unable to access UK Government Student Financial Support (Tuition and Maintenance Loans) because of your current immigration status.
  • You have not obtained an undergraduate degree or degree equivalent qualification from another institution or country.

Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships are payable in each academic year of your course until such time as you (or your parents or spouse/civil partner) are granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK. Your award will then cease from the start of the next academic year.

Please ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria in full and read the guidance notes below before completing the application form.

Application and Selection process

Please download and complete the Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships (Article 26) Application Form (PDF Document), paying particular attention to the information given in your personal statement. Your application is confidential and will only be seen by members of the selection panel and staff administering the awards. The selection panel will review eligible applications on an anonymous ‘name-blind’ basis.

In addition to the information given in your application for a Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarship, the selection panel will have access to anonymous ‘name-blind’ information given in your UCAS application.

The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is Friday 29 June 2018. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email and the application will be accepted only if it is accompanied by a referee’s supporting statement and signature. We may contact you and/or your referee to request further information or supporting documentation if required. You will be contacted by email by Friday 31 August 2018 to advise you of the outcome or progress of your application. Please note that this is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the scheme, please email to studentfunding at warwick dot ac dot uk.