Type of Funding
The University of York is making available 2 Equal Access Scholarships for students who are seeking refuge in the UK and who wish to undertake an undergraduate degree programme at the University commencing AY 2019/2020. One Equal Access Masters Scholarship is also available for a student seeking refuge in the UK who wishes to pursue a 1-year Masters degree programme.
Both the undergraduate and Masters scholarships provide for a full fee waiver and a maintenance award of up to £10,660 per person to help with living expenses. The scholarship will be renewed for each year of the undergraduate’s course, provided he/she progresses satisfactorily through to the next year of study and he/she remains a full-time student.
Applicants must have discretionary or limited leave to remain in the UK or are dependents or partners of people with discretionary or limited leave to remain. Those who have submitted or their parents or guardians have submitted an asylum or humanitarian protection application but who have not yet received a decision from the Home Office on that application are also eligible.
Applicants must have applied for asylum on arrival in the UK, before they applied for a place at university. They have to be individuals unable to access mainstream UK student funding due to their immigration status, ie they are not eligible for Student Finance for AY 2019/20.
For the Undergraduate Scholarship, only those who have not completed an undergraduate degree are eligible. They have to hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an undergraduate course at York of up to 4 years duration and they have made York their first choice (firm choice) through UCAS. Applicants to the Hull-York Medical School are not eligible for the Equal Access Scholarships.
For the Masters Scholarship, only those who have applied for, or hold an offer (conditional or unconditional) to study full-time for a postgraduate Masters course at York, of 1 year’s duration, resulting in an MA, MSc, LLM or MRes qualification, are eligible. Applicants for the following courses are not are not eligible for the Equal Access Scholarships: Masters courses at the Hull-York Medical School, MPhil degrees, PGCE courses, Online or Distance-learning Masters courses, MA in Social Work (MASW), MA Social Research, Public Administration with Professional Placement (MPA) and MSc in Safety Critical Systems Engineering.
All applicants have to submit a personal statement detailing their personal and family circumstances and what barriers they have overcome in order to continue with their education, with specific reference to their current status in the UK. They do not need to give details of the events that led to them seeking asylum unless they wish to do so. They must include information on when they arrived in the UK, their country of origin and the current status of their application for asylum, as well as how the scholarship would help them achieve their ambitions for the future.
Applications are to be done online by 30 April 2019.