Type of Funding

Partially funded




The University of Bradford is offering Sanctuary Scholarships to asylum seekers and refugees, who wish to undertake undergraduate or postgraduate taught degree programmes at the University commencing AY 2019/2020, but who are not eligible for student finance. Both part-time and full-time courses are included under this award.

All courses are eligible for the scholarships, including former NHS-funded courses such as Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Radiography. Premium fee courses in the Faculty of Management and Law such as the MBA are not eligible.


The scholarship award includes:

  • A Tuition Fee Grant: Scholars will not need to pay for tuition fees until such time as they are awarded status that entitles them to access student finance (if at all).
  • A Travel and Course Costs Grant: Scholars will be given a £500 a year grant to help with travel and course costs.
  • Personal Support: Support will be given to scholars to help them overcome barriers to achievement on their degree programme and in their future careers.
  • Funding to attend a Pre-sessional English preparation course if their English language level is not high enough to meet the entry requirements of the University or the course.

Accommodation and living expenses are not covered by the scholarship award.


Applicants must be forced migrants, meaning they have to be:

  • Asylum seekers or the partners or dependents of asylum seekers; or
  • Asylum seekers or refugees or partners or dependents of such, who have been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status; or
  • Refugees who are unable to access student finance due to previous study.

Only applicants who hold a conditional or unconditional offer from the University of Bradford for September 2019 start are eligible. They should currently be attending a school, college, community or voluntary group which could provide a reference in support of their application. They must be unable to obtain mainstream funding, for example, student finance or local authority grants. Those that are classified as care leavers and previously were under local authority care could however, apply.

Applicants must be living within the Bradford Metropolitan District Council Area, or living within a commutable distance to the University and be able to cover the travel costs themselves, or be able to relocate to Bradford without requiring extra financial support. Only those who do not require support for living expenses or accommodation should apply.


Applications are to be sent by post or via email, to reach the University by 30 June 2019.

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