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UG Sanctuary Scholarships

Please make your application using the online application form

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 is committed to creating a culture of welcome for people seeking sanctuary within, and beyond, our campus, and was successfully awarded University of Sanctuary status in 2017.

For the 2022-23 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 2022-23, £9,488* for students living away from the parental home and £7,987* if they are 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.
  • Awarded scholars also will be considered for additional funding equivalent to the Warwick Bursary, this will be managed by the Student Funding Team.

*We are awaiting confirmation of government guidance and regulations for 2022/23, and expect to update this page shortly.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants who do not meet the full criteria will not be considered for an award.

You must ensure that you meet one of the Asylum eligibility criteria outlined below in order to apply and all three of the Education eligibility criteria. You must be able to provide documentary evidence to verify your circumstances in relation to each criteria.

Section 1: Asylum eligibility criteria (you must meet ONE of these):
  • You have sought asylum in the UK or were included as a dependant (spouse/child) on an application for asylum. Please note: 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 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.


Section 2: Education eligibility criteria (you must also meet ALL THREE of these):

1. You must also hold a conditional or unconditional offer (or be awaiting a decision) for one of the following courses starting in September 2022:

Foundation Programme

  • International Foundation Programme

Undergraduate course

  • full-time course which lasts up to three years
  • part-time course

Please note the following Ineligible courses:

    • Courses taught at Partner Colleges
    • 4-year graduate entry MBChB course
    • Year 1 Foundation courses in the Warwick Business School
    • Module based courses
    • Non-degree awards (Higher Education Diploma, Higher Education Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma)

2. You are unable to access UK Government Student Financial Support (Tuition and Maintenance Loans) because of your current immigration status.

3. You have not obtained an undergraduate degree or degree equivalent qualification from another institution or country.

Further Information
  • Where an application has been submitted via UCAS, Warwick must be your firm choice in order for a funding offer to be made.
  • 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, and you become able to access UK Government Student Financial Support (Tuition and Maintenance loans). Your award will then cease from the start of the next academic year.
  • if you are awarded a Sanctuary Scholarship but do not meet all your academic conditions, your scholarship offer cannot be deferred. If you defer your course entry start date in order to achieve your offer conditions, you will have to apply again for Sanctuary Scholarship for your new year of entry.
  • If you meet your academic course conditions but are not awarded a Sanctuary Scholarship, you can still start your studies on a self-funded basis.

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

Application and Selection process

Applications are now OPEN. You can make your application using the online application form.

The closing date for the receipt of completed applications is Wednesday 27th April 2022.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email and the application will only be accepted 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 in June 2022 to advise you of the outcome or progress of your application. 

Please note that there are limited numbers of Sanctuary Scholarships and not all applications will be successful.

Please read the guidance notes fully before completing the application on-line form and before contacting the University with any further questions about the application form, as you may find your answer in these notes. Guidance notes are to help you complete the application form for the UG Sanctuary Scholarship

If you have any queries about any aspect of the scheme, please email the Doctoral College, who manage these scholarships, at