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  • University of Essex

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

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    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), 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
    • 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. 




  • Details at a glance

    United Kingdom
    All fields of study
    Until 17/09/2021
    Full scholarship for the full period of studies
    There is no age limit
    0.00 USD
    In-person programme delivery
  • Requirements

    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?
  • More details about this opportunity

    • Opportunity timing
      Recurring annual opportunity
    • Duration of support provided
      For the duration of studies
    • What is covered in this program
      Monthly stipend (e.g. food allowance)
    • Type(s) of visa/residency permit granted upon arrival
      T4 Visa
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
      Not applicable/Not specified
    • Can the nuclear family accompany or join the main applicant?
      Dependent on government policies
    • Are there options to stay after graduation?
      Not applicable
    • Application fee
      No direct charges, but the academic institution may charge separate application fees
    • Application period
      Specific date (annual opportunity)
    • Opportunity annual timing
    • Release of the selection decision
      September 2021
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

  • Disclaimer

    The content presented on this site has originated from the third party providers. UNHCR is not responsible for the application process or oversight of the opportunities presented here. Questions on a particular opportunity should be directed to the relevant provider.

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