University of Bath

Sanctuary Scholarship

If you are an asylum seeker living in the UK and looking for taught postgraduate master’s financial study support, you may be eligible for this scholarship.

About the Sanctuary Scholarship

For the 2019/20 academic year, the University of Bath is offering two Scholarships for taught postgraduate master’s programme students who are seeking asylum in the UK, and who are not eligible to receive postgraduate financial support from Student Finance.

A Sanctuary Scholarship will consist of:

  • a fee waiver covering the full cost of tuition fees
  • a £15,009 bursary

The bursary is designed to help with course-related and living costs, and not wider costs, e.g. legal fees etc.

Find out if you're eligible

Immigration status

You can apply for a Sanctuary Scholarship if you hold one of the following eligible immigration statuses prior to 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)
  • humanitarian protection (as a result of an asylum application)

You must also be:

You may be eligible to apply for and receive UK taught postgraduate student loans even if you have these immigration statuses. For information and guidance visit the UKCISA advice pages. If you have already been granted Refugee Status or Humanitarian Protection Status, you can apply for financial support from Student Finance England.

Eligible programmes of study

To be eligible for the scholarship, you must have applied to study a full-time or part-time course with the degree outcome of:

  • MSc
  • MA
  • MBA
  • stand-alone MRes (includes programmes with a combined Pre-sessional English course)

Please note that these conditions can only be met for courses completed in a maximum duration of two years for full-time programmes or four years for part-time programmes. Part-time programmes must be studied at a minimum of 50% intensity (for example, a programme which would take one year if studied full-time can take up to two years if studied part-time). Distance Learning programmes are also not eligible for this scheme.

If your course has a compulsory placement please check your immigration conditions in case of restrictions. Contact the PGT Admissions team for advice about course requirements or the Student Immigration Service about immigration restrictions.

Application and selection process

You must apply for both:

  • an eligible course through the University of Bath
  • the scholarship scheme via the application form

Applying for a master's course at Bath

  • you can apply for courses using the Apply now button on each course page
  • when you're completing the University's application form to study a course, make sure you use the 'Finance' section to say that you want to be considered for the Sanctuary Scholarship.

Applying for the scholarship scheme

  • read the terms & conditions before applying

  • apply for the scholarship scheme using the application form

Completed application forms can be returned by email to:

or by post to:

Student Money Advice
Student Services
University of Bath
Claverton Down

Application deadline

Applications for the 2019/20 Sanctuary Scholarships have now closed.


Selection will be based on the supporting statements submitted in your scholarship application and other contextual information, as provided in your application to study at Bath. The selection panel will select applicants on behalf of the University, those deemed to be in greatest need will be selected in their discretion. The panel will take into consideration the following; barriers to accessing education, personal & financial circumstances, reasons for study, ambitions for the future, and how you will contribute to the University community.

  • this is a competitive process and only two applicants will be successful

  • a panel of senior staff from the University and Students’ Union will select the successful scholarship awardees. The decision of the panel will be final

  • we aim to inform all applicants of the outcome of their scholarship application by early August.

Conditions of award

If you are a successful applicant, please note that you will be required to write a short letter to a donor, attend scholarship introduction and celebration events hosted by the Department of Development and Alumni Relations, and write a summary report about your time studying at Bath.

The University is grateful to our alumni and individual donors who support these awards.