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Warwick Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships

University of Sanctuary

University of Sanctuary

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' movementLink opens in a new window 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 awarded University of SanctuaryLink opens in a new window status in 2017.

You may also be able seek support from cara.ngoLink opens in a new window, who help academics from any country in the world, on any continent, who are being forced to flee.

Applications for the Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarship for 2024 entry are now closed. The information below is relevant to students who applied for 2024 entry and give an indication of the eligibility criteria and support available for 2025 entry (but please note that this is subject to change).

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Emily Cannon

Widening Participation Lifecycle Officer


Emily Cannon

Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarship Overview

Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarships are available to students who are seeking sanctuary in the United Kingdom and are not entitled to receive Government Student Financial Support from Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Please note that there are 4 UG Sanctuary Scholarships available for 2024 entry and not all applications will be successful. We would therefore encourage you to explore alternative sources of fundingLink opens in a new window if you plan to apply for the scholarship.

Updated information about the UG Sanctuary Scholarship for 2025 entry will be posted below in due course. In the meantime, please read through the information on this webpage for 2024 entry - particularly regarding the support available and the eligibility criteria (please note, though, that this is subject to change).

There are up to 4 UG Sanctuary Scholarships available for 2024 entry. Each scholarship includes:

Financial support
  • Full tuition fee support: Students will be offered a non-repayable 100% tuition fee waiver for each year of study (up to a maximum of 4 years).
  • Maintenance/living cost support: Students will be awarded a non-repayable grant equivalent to the maximum government Maintenance Loan towards living costs and course-related expenses for each year of study (up to a maximum of 4 years). For 2023-24, this was £9,978 for students living away from the parental home and £8,400 for students living in the parental home (we will confirm 2024-25 rates in due course).

  • Warwick Bursary: Awarded scholars also will be eligible for additional funding equivalent to the Warwick Bursary (up to £2,000 per year of study, up to a maximum of 4 years).

Accommodation support

  • Students will be eligible for 52 week on-campus accommodation where required during their studies. There will be a charge for this accommodation (for more information, please see the FAQs below) and Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholars can choose to deduct some of this cost from their scholarship payment.
  • Please note that students are required to move rooms as part of the University's 52-week campus accommodation package. Should UG Sanctuary Scholars wish to live on campus for the entire year, they will have a 40/44 week term-time room, followed by alternative accommodation over the summer vacation and pre-term shut down period (in early September).
  • There is more information about the term-time accommodation Warwick offers hereLink opens in a new window and you can find out more about the 52-week accommodation package (including summer accommodation and accommodation costs) in our 52-Week Campus Accommodation FAQsLink opens in a new window.

Warwick Scholars Undergraduate Programme

Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholars are invited to join the Warwick Scholars Undergraduate ProgrammeLink opens in a new window when they enrol at the University. This programme provides students with access to bespoke activities, along with academic, personal and professional development opportunities (such as internships and mentoring experiences) while students are at Warwick.

Please note that UG Sanctuary Scholars are not eligible for the Warwick Scholars Bursary.

Pastoral support

The Widening Participation Lifecycle Team will support you throughout your studies and will share information about opportunities that might be relevant to you. We can also signpost you to other areas of support across the university.

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