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Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarship

If you are an asylum seeker living in the UK, you may be eligible for this scholarship to cover your fees and a bursary of £5000 per year.

About the Sanctuary Scholarship

Find out about the Sanctuary Scholarship and how it can pay for your studies and other costs.


The Sanctuary Scholarship has been made possible by generous donations from the staff, student and alumni community.

For the 2023/24 academic year, the University of Bath will offer one Undergraduate Scholarship.

Scholarships are for full time undergraduate applicants who are seeking asylum in the UK, and who are not able to access UK Government Student Finance (tuition fee loans or maintenance loans/grants) by virtue of their immigration status.


Eligibility criteria

Find out if you are eligible to receive the Sanctuary Scholarship.


Immigration status

You can apply for a Sanctuary Scholarship if you hold one of the following eligible immigration statuses before submitting your application to study at Bath. This is either in your own right or as a dependent of someone with this status:

  • UK asylum seeker
  • UK discretionary leave to remain (as a result of an asylum application)
  • UK limited leave to remain (as a result of an asylum application)

You must also:

Have been offered a place (conditional or unconditional) on an undergraduate programme at the University of Bath (having applied through UCAS) before applying for the Sanctuary Award. How to apply for an undergraduate course at Bath.

If an offer is conditional, the conditions of the offer of a place must be met (e.g. academic and English language qualifications).

Not require additional support from the University for living expenses or accommodation other than that provided through the Sanctuary Scholarship Bursary.

Be living in the UK.

Additional information

We do not expect you to decide on your firm choice until after interviews have been held.

You will be a new undergraduate student starting studies in 2023.

Priority will be given to applicants who already live within an hour commuting distance from the University of Bath campus.


How to apply

If you wish to apply for the Sanctuary Award for 2023 entry.


If you have applied for an undergraduate course and have declared that you have refugee status on your UCAS form, we will contact you inviting you to apply. If you haven’t declared your status on your UCAS form, you can still apply for a scholarship if you think you are eligible, but you must have submitted an application to study at the University of Bath. Once you have received your offer, please download and fill in the application form below. Then email the application form to studentsuccess@bath.ac.uk.

Read the terms & conditions before applying.

Apply for the scholarship scheme using the application form .

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2023.

Selection process

Selection will be based on the information submitted in your scholarship application and other contextual information, as provided in your application to study at Bath.

A panel of senior staff from the University and Students’ Union will select applicants for interview and will take into consideration a range of criteria. The purpose of the personal statement is to understand why you are in need of the scholarship, and how you would benefit from it. The scholarship panel will consider each student’s statement carefully.

It is important to the scholarship panel to establish:

  • what contributions you have made to school/college life and/or your community
  • why and how you would benefit from receiving the Sanctuary Award

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview following the meeting of the selection panel.

We aim to inform all applicants of the outcome of their scholarship application before the UCAS deadline where you must confirm your firm and second choice.

Conditions of award

If you are awarded a Sanctuary Scholarship, we advise you to seek professional advice about how this could affect your asylum support.

Please be aware that the Student Immigration Service will be required to contact the Home Office during your studies to ensure you have permission to study.

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions about the Sanctuary Scholarship.