Undergraduate Sanctuary Scholarship (with option for Foundation)


West Midlands



Type of opportunity

University scholarship

Closed for 2023
Logo for University of Warwick

University of Warwick

About this opportunity

The University of Warwick was awarded University of Sanctuary status in 2017 and has since that time offered financial support to sanctuary seeking students, to enable them to pursue higher education.

We offer four undergraduate scholarships of:

  • A non-repayable 100% tuition fee waiver.
  • A non-repayable grant equivalent to the maximum government Maintenance Loan.
  • Consideration for additional funding equivalent to the Warwick Bursary.

Level of Study

  • Foundation
  • Undergraduate


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

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

Applicants who do not meet the full criteria will not be considered for an award. You must ensure that you meet one of the Asylum eligibility criteria outlined below in order to apply and all three of the Education eligibility criteria. You must be able to provide documentary evidence to verify your circumstances in relation to each criteria.

Section 1: Asylum eligibility criteria

You must meet ONE of these:

– You have sought asylum in the UK or were included as a dependant (spouse/child) on an application for asylum. Please note: Spouses/civil partners must have been the spouse/civil partner on the date on which the asylum application was made. Children/step-children must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made.


– You have received a decision on your claim for asylum, which has resulted in an award of DLR (Discretionary Leave to Remain), LLR (Limited Leave to Remain), Humanitarian Protection, or some other form of temporary status.

Section 2: Education eligibility criteria

You must also meet ALL THREE of these:

1. You must also hold a conditional or unconditional offer (or be awaiting a decision) for one of the following courses starting in September 2023:

– Foundation Programme

  • International Foundation Programme

– Undergraduate course

  • Full-time course which lasts up to three years
  • Part-time course

Please note the following ineligible courses:

  • Courses taught at Partner Colleges
  • 4-year graduate entry MBChB course
  • Year 1 Foundation courses in the Warwick Business School
  • Module based courses
  • Non-degree awards (Higher Education Diploma, Higher Education Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma)

2. You are unable to access UK Government Student Financial Support (Tuition and Maintenance Loans) because of your current immigration status.

3. You have not obtained an undergraduate degree or degree equivalent qualification from another institution or country.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • Fee Waiver (no fees)
  • Full bursary (study costs and full living costs)
  • Other (see below)

Other support provided

Consideration for additional funding equivalent to the Warwick Bursary.

Additional notes about support provided

Contextual offers: You will need to apply to your course at Warwick first and then for a Sanctuary scholarship. We know that grades can be influenced by a range of factors, so to make the processes fairer, we offer contextual admissions on undergraduate courses for refugees and asylum seekers – meaning we may offer a reduced grade requirement or remove other additional requirements.

Your UoS Contact: Emily is here to support sanctuary students with any questions, comments, or concerns. Get in touch any time before or during your studies at Warwick by emailing lifecycleteam@warwick.ac.uk.

More information: You can find more information about support available for students at Warwick here.

Types of study available

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

Additional details about application process

Applications are made using an online form. You can find guidance notes to help you make your application here (link is to a PDF).

Number of places available


Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


For further questions contact Emily Cannon