Sanctuary Scholarship

About the award

The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.


Immigration Status

As well as meeting the academic requirements for your chosen programme of study you will also need to demonstrate that:

  • You have submitted a claim for asylum and are awaiting a response (this includes submission of a fresh claim) or
  • You have Limited Leave to remain and are not eligible for funding via Student Finance England or
  • You have been awarded ‘Humanitarian Protection’ or Refugee status but are not eligible for funding via Student Finance England or
  • You are a care leaver who is assessed as international for tuition fee purposes and are not eligible for funding via Student Finance England or
  • (For applicants to postgraduate research programmes only) You have been granted refugee status or
  • You are the family member of someone with one of the immigration statuses listed above with ‘in line’ or ‘dependent’ status

Programme of Study

Sanctuary Scholarship applications will be considered from students applying to the following programmes:

  • Full-time undergraduate degree programmes
  • Full-time Doctorate level programmes (eg PhD, EngD,EdD)

The following programmes are not eligible for Sanctuary Scholarship funding:

  • BMBS Medicine – this is due to a cap imposed by the NHS on the number of home students we can recruit to the programme.  Any change to the fee status of a student during their studies would put the University in breach of this cap
  • Any taught postgraduate programmes (eg MA, MSc)

Value of Scholarship

  • Undergraduates – a full tuition fee waiver plus a grant for living costs of £9500 for each year of study.
  • Doctorate Students - a full tuition fee waiver plus an annual living cost grant of £14,500.  A research allowance of £5000 per year will also be paid to students studying STEM subjects, or £750 per year for students studying HASS subjects.


Application deadline:15th May 2018
Number of awards:3
Value:Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Jim

How to apply

If you want to submit an application for the Sanctuary Scholarship we encourage you first to apply for a place at the University.  Before doing this you might wish to check our information on applying for undergraduate study or postgraduate study.

Applications must be made using our online application form.

You will be required to upload proof of your immigration status and a reference.  Your reference should be from someone who has known you for a significant period of time and who is aware of your personal circumstances.

If you are applying to study as a postgraduate research student, you will also need to include a research proposal.