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Sanctuary Scholarships

The University of Warwick was awarded Sanctuary status in 2017. Since 2015, we have offered financial support underpinned by the Article 26 Guiding Principles (PDF), to enable sanctuary seeking students to pursue Higher Education.

If you have any questions about Warwick's Sanctuary Scholarships please contact:

We currently offer Sanctuary Scholarships at all levels of study:


You can complete the International Foundation Programme before progressing to undergraduate study.

If you'd like to take this route, apply for the Foundation programme and then complete the undergraduate level scholarship application.


We offer four undergraduate scholarships of:

  • A non-repayable 100% tuition fee waiver.
  • A non-repayable grant equivalent to the maximum government Maintenance Loan.
  • Consideration for additional funding equivalent to the Warwick Bursary.

Postgraduate Taught

We offer three postgraduate taught scholarships of:

  • A non-repayable 100% tuition fee waiver.
  • A non-repayable maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates.


We offer two Doctoral Access Scholarships - Sanctuary of:

  • A non-repayable 100% tuition fee waiver.
  • A non-repayable maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates.
  • A one off research training and support grant of £5,000.
If you are interested in alternative pathways to higher education, check out our Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships

Choose both work and study! Combine academic knowledge and practical skills, all whilst earning a salary.

A Degree Apprenticeship will enable you to thrive in the workplace. You'll be a full-time employee learning skills on the job for around 80% of your time, the other 20% enjoying all the fantastic opportunities at Warwick. Whether you're in the classroom surrounded by other independent thinkers, or furthering your knowledge through our blended learning systems, you will be both work-ready and world-ready.

Unlock your potential for higher earnings, achieve a respected qualification and cement yourself as a valuable asset for your employer!

If you fall under any of these categories:

  • P375.1 refugee status;
  • P375.2 discretionary leave to enter or remain;
  • P375.3 exceptional leave to enter or remain (including Calais leave);
  • P375.4 indefinite leave to enter or remain;
  • P375.5 humanitarian protection;
  • P375.6 leave outside the rules;
  • P375.7 section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016; or
  • P375.8 the husband, wife, civil partner and child of any of the above in this paragraph (that is paragraphs P375.1 to P375.7).

and you meet the DA eligibility criteria you could be eligible to apply for a degree apprenticeship.

For more information on this route please see the degree apprenticeship webpages.

Additional information

  • Contextual offers: You will need to apply to your course at Warwick first and then for a Sanctuary scholarship. We know that grades can be influenced by a range of factors, so to make the processes fairer, we offer contextual admissions on undergraduate courses for refugees and asylum seekers – meaning we may offer a reduced grade requirement or remove other additional requirements.
  • National Asylum Support Service (NASS): If you are currently in receipt of National Asylum Support Service (NASS) we recommend you seek advice from your immigration solicitor, as receiving this scholarship could have implications on your ongoing NASS entitlement.
  • Bank accounts: At this time we are only able to make Sanctuary Scholarship payments into a bank account. You may find our webpages on opening a UK bank account useful.

"My words aren’t able to express my feelings being awarded such a scholarship and I would like to pass my sincere thanks for providing this award. Thank you :)”

Sanctuary Student

"Thank you for your amazing scholarship. It helps me much to pursue my dreams. I am grateful for your support and help."

Sanctuary Student