Fees and Funding


University of Sanctuary Scholarship for Afghan Refugees


The details
Undergraduate, Postgraduate taught

The University of Sanctuary Scholarship is available to new undergraduate or postgraduate taught students taking up a place to study in 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 up to five students in the academic year 2022-23, therefore the application process is a selective one based on the criteria below.

The following document outlines the full terms and conditions of this scholarship, please ensure you read them in full before you complete and submit an application form. 


Immigration status

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), or
  • granted Refugee or Humanitarian Protection status, or
  • discretionary 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
  • leave to remain must cover the duration of your studies

Application for study

All applicants must have received a conditional or unconditional offer to study an eligible UG or PGT programme at the University of Essex before you can apply for the Sanctuary Scholarship. 

How to apply

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 funding@essex.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications will close on Sunday 5 June 2022 at midnight (GMT) for October 2022 start and Sunday 20 November 2022 at midnight (GMT) for January 2023 start. 

Full details

University of Sanctuary Scholarship 2022-23 terms and conditions. Please read the full terms and conditions before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, how you'll receive your funding and whether this award can be combined with others or not.

University of Sanctuary Scholarship for Afghan refugees terms and conditions for 2022-23 entry. (.pdf)

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.