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Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships for asylum seekers

The University of Warwick is located on the outskirts of the city of Coventry which is recognised as a 'City of Sanctuary'. The 'City of Sanctuary' movement is committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for those seeking sanctuary from war and persecution. The University of Warwick provides a range of scholarships to enable people seeking sanctuary/ asylum to progress to access university education.

For the 2019-20 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 non-repayable 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 non-repayable grant equivalent to the maximum government Maintenance Loan for the 2019-20 academic year (£8,944 a year if living away from the parental home or £7,529 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.
  • Also you will be considered for additional funding equivalent to the Warwick Bursary.

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* OR
  • 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), Humanitarian Protection, 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 September 2019 and have accepted a place on that course before applying for an 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 Application Form , paying particular attention to the information given in your personal statement. You can find more information on how to complete the application form in the Sanctuary Scholarship Guidance Notes  . 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 28 June 2019. 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 in early September 2019 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 studentfunding at warwick dot ac dot uk.