Sep 24

University of Essex "University of Sanctuary Scholarship for Afghan Refugees"


The University of Sanctuary Scholarship is available to new undergraduate or postgraduate taught students taking up a place to study in 2021-22 or 2022-23, who are refugees from Afghanistan and have been granted UK Asylum status or Discretionary/Limited Leave to Remain as a result of an asylum application, and those with Humanitarian Protection, as result of an asylum application or through a dependants claim.

The scholarship includes:

  • A full fee waiver on a three year undergraduate course or a one-year Postgraduate Taught Masters programme
  • University accommodation
  • £5,000 bursary to support living and study costs 

The scholarship will be offered to six students in the academic year 2021-22 or 2022-23, therefore the application process is a selective one based on the criteria below.

Eligibility will be based on the following permissions being granted by the Home Office and alignment with UNHCR guidelines:

  • a refugee (subject to obtaining an appropriate permissions), orgranted Refugee or
  • Humanitarian Protection status, ordiscretionary Leave to Remain, or
  • Limited Leave to Remain following an asylum application, individually or through a dependent’s claim, or
  • be seeking asylum within the UK
  • must be at least a 12 month status, 6 month status cannot be considered

To be considered for this scholarship you need to:
  • Meet the eligibility in relation to your immigration status
  • Have received an offer to study on a UG or PGT programme
  • Have submitted your application for the Sanctuary Scholarship before the published deadline 

Apply for the Sanctuary Scholarship by completing the application form (.docx) and send to

The deadline for applications will close on Sunday 19 September 2021 at midnight (GMT) for October 2021 start and Sunday 21 November 2021 at midnight (GMT) for January 2022 start. 


Targeted nationalities

Targeted Country of Asylum
United Kingdom

Accepted status documentation
Refugee certificate, Asylum seeker certificate, Complementary or temporary /protection status certificate

Language of Instruction

Language Proficiency Level

Which certificate do you require to prove the required language proficiency?


What is covered in this program

  1. Tuition
  2. Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
  3. Housing

Type(s) of visa/residency permit granted upon arrival

  • T4 Visa

Is the student allowed to work while studying?

  • Not applicable/Not specified

For further questions contact the scholarship

  • provider: olive@ceu.edue