NU Sanctuary Scholarship


North East



Type of opportunity

University scholarship

Closed for 2024

Newcastle University

About this opportunity

Newcastle University is proud to support equal access to higher education and is pleased to offer Sanctuary scholarships consisting of full tuition fee support and a bursary for living expenses for applicants wishing to study at the University. The scholarships have been designed to enable students from asylum-seeker and refugee backgrounds to progress to higher level study commencing September 2023 for the full duration of the student’s degree programme.

The closing date for applications is 7th April 2023. No further applications for 2023 entry will be considered after this date.

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.

Level of Study

  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s - Research
  • PhD
  • Master’s - Taught


Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life)

Other eligibility criteria

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

– 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 scheme, please see the Sanctuary Scholarship Regulations (PDF: 67KB).

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

1. 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).

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

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

4. 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.

5. 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 a good reason for criterion 4 or 5 not being met.

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

These criteria have been discussed and agreed with the Asylum and Migration Justice Forum.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Fee Waiver (no fees)
  • Partial bursary (study costs and partial living costs)

Additional notes about support provided

Full tuition fees and living expenses

Types of study available

  • Face-to-face

Additional details about application process

Applications for the Sanctuary Scholarship must be made using our online application form. Please read the application guidance notes carefully, before completing the 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 visit the Newcastle University website to access the application form and guidance notes: University of Sanctuary

Number of places available


Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


For further questions contact the scholarship provider

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