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  • The Schwab-Westheimer Trust in partnership with Refugee Education UK

    The Westheimer Scholarship

    Verified by UNHCR


    Up to three people a year will be supported with a Westheimer Scholarship to study for a first degree or professional qualification. The scholarship will pay home tuition fees*, and associated study costs. The specific amount awarded will be dependent on the candidate’s individual circumstances and university location.

    *The trust will help candidates who are successful at interview to request home fees from their chosen university. The final award of a Westheimer Scholarship will be dependent on successfully getting a 'home' tuition fee offer.

    Please make sure you meet the following criteria before applying:

    1. Be 28 years old or younger.
    2. Be an asylum seeker (or the dependent of an asylum seeker) who is awaiting a decision or appealing a decision for asylum from the UK Home Office; OR a person (or dependent of a person) who claimed asylum in the UK and has been granted Limited Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status such as Calais Leave, Discretionary Leave to Remain, Section 67 leave, UASC leave.
    3. A student wishing to pursue an undergraduate degree in social care, medicine, nursing, or related health or social care professions.


  • Details at a glance

    United Kingdom
    Health and Welfare
    Until 17/06/2021
    Full scholarship for the full period of studies
    Applicants up to age 28 are eligible
    40.00 USD
  • 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
    Not applicable
    Which certificate do you require to prove the required language proficiency?
    Language proficiency will be determined by the university that the applicant has applied to.
  • 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
    • Is the student allowed to work while studying?
      Yes - if they are given permission to work by the UK government during their asylum claim.
    • Can the nuclear family accompany or join the main applicant?
      Not applicable
    • 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
  • For further questions contact the scholarship provider

  • Additional note

    Applications will close at midnight on 17th June 2021. Interviews for successful candidates will be held in July 2021.

    Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document before beginning the online application form. Please also read our online application form Guidance Notes before beginning an application. You can access these documents by visiting our website: 

  • 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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