Equal Access Scholarships


Yorkshire and the Humber



Type of opportunity

University scholarship

Closed for 2024

University of York

About this opportunity

University of York’s Equal Access Scholarships enable students seeking asylum to access a York education and fulfill their potential. We provide 2 undergraduate and 1 postgraduate taught scholarship each year which  provides a tuition fee waiver and an annual living costs bursary of £12,300 for each year of an undergraduate course or £14,880 for a one year postgraduate taught course.

Level of Study

  • Master’s - Taught
  • Undergraduate


Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life), Indefinite Leave to Remain, Ukraine schemes, Other forms of sanctuary (including Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave, UASC leave and Stateless Leave)

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

Open to students from International (non-EU) who are currently residing and seeking sanctuary in the UK only. Also, Any of the above who cannot access mainstream funding.

To be considered for the scholarship you must:

  • have a conditional or unconditional offer from the University of York for 2023 for a one-year postgraduate course
  • have applied for asylum before you have applied for a place at university
  • not have access to mainstream funding eg student finance or a local authority grant.

Your current immigration status can be described as one of the following:

  • Discretionary/Limited Leave to Remain (DLR/LLR)
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
  • Humanitarian Protection (HP)
  • awaiting a decision on an application for refugee status
  • leave as an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child (UASC leave)
  • Refused Asylum Seeker – your application for refugee status has been refused and you have submitted an appeal or a fresh claim
  • a dependent or partner of any of the above status groups

You will not be eligible if you:

  • are applying to study a course at the Hull York Medical School
  • are applying for the two-year LLB (Hons) Law (Senior Status)
  • are applying for the two-year MSc Nursing (Mental Health) or MSc Nursing (Adult)
  • are applying for a course which includes work placements and you do not currently have a right to work in the UK.

Before applying to study at the University of York you should carefully consider the documentation you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum. Please be aware that some programmes require you to undertake work placements that may not be permitted under the terms of your documentation. If you require any advice, please contact us at equal-access-scholarships@york.ac.uk.

Asylum seekers without permission to work are advised to seek legal advice if they are considering undertaking a course which includes a work placement. It is very unlikely that the asylum seeker will be able to undertake a placement as part of a course, whether that placement is unpaid, paid, or has an attached training allowance, without first obtaining permission to work. In any case, they should not start the course without obtaining the advice of their immigration lawyer or Home Office case owner, as they might need to have the conditions changed and/or any allowances might have an impact on their entitlement to financial support.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Fee Waiver (no fees)
  • Full bursary (study costs and full living costs)
  • Application support and advice

Additional notes about support provided

You can contact us on equal-access@york.ac.uk for support and guidance regarding the scholarship application, applications to the university and support for displaced students at the university.

If you are successful in obtaining a scholarship and require support accessing English Language Assessments to fulfil the conditions of your university offer, we may to able to provide support and access to Duolingo Assessments.

Types of study available

  • Face-to-face
  • Part-time / flexible
  • Full-time

Additional details about application process

Scholarships are competitive.

As part of your application you will be asked to answer three supporting questions which will be assessed and help our scholarship awarding panel learn more about you. See the ‘how we allocate’ section on our webpage for guidance on what our panel is looking for and how these are assessed.

After applications have closed you may be invited to an informal interview with our scholarship awarding panel. We will contact you directly if we require this.

You will also need to provide evidence of your immigration status, for example, your biometric residence permit.

Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


For further questions contact Anita Magee

Call Us

Recent opportunities

Search other opportunities