Newcastle University Sanctuary Scholarships

Field of Study: All subjects
Country of scholarship: UK
Country of Citizenship: refugee


The Newcastle University Sanctuary Scholarships offer students who are refugees or asylum seekers in the United Kingdom an opportunity to study at the university. The awards consist of full tuition fee support and a bursary for living expenses. 

Sanctuary Scholarship applications will be considered from students applying to the following programs:

undergraduate degree programmes

postgraduate degree programmes, including doctoral level programmes (e.g. Ph.D.)

The following applicants are not eligible to apply for Sanctuary Scholarship funding:

– Applicants for M.B., B.S. and B.D.S. courses

– Study-abroad and exchange students

– Applicants for non-degree awards (Higher Education Diploma, Higher Education Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma)

For more information about the programme, please see the Sanctuary Scholarship Regulations

Deadline: 7 April 2023


The following categories of applicants can apply under this scheme:

– asylum seekers

– children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (eg children migrants under 18)

– applicants with refugee status (ineligible for Student Finance government funding)

– Applicants who have been granted Humanitarian Protection, Discretionary Leave to Remain as a result of an application for asylum, or the children of a parent in this position, will also be considered.

– Applicants must be living in the UK at the time that they apply for consideration under the scheme. Priority will be given to applicants from the North East of England (Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Northumberland, Cleveland and North Cumbria).

– Applicants must have applied for a place on a Newcastle University degree programme. Priority will be given to applicants applying for their first degree.

– Their predicted grades must meet the entry requirements for the degree concerned.

– Applicants who hold qualifications from outside the UK are welcome to use our International Webpages. Start by Selecting your Country to find the typical Undergraduate and Postgraduate entry requirements, before you apply to Newcastle.

– Applicants must meet the English language criteria for their course or have relevant qualifications to indicate their English language competency. Find out more about English language support. 

– Personal circumstances will be taken into account if there is good reason for the grades or language criteria not being met.

– Applicants must be unable to access mainstream funding, for example from Student Finance England or a local authority grant.

How to apply 

Applications for the Sanctuary Scholarship must be made using the online application form.

Applicants will be required to upload proof of their immigration status and a reference. The reference should be from someone who has known the applicant for a significant period of time and who is aware of their personal circumstances.

Please read the Sanctuary Scholarship Application Guidance Notes carefully, before completing the application form.

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