Funding for asylum seekers and forced migrants

Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarships

Article 26 of the Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to Education”. Keele University are committed to supporting students from all backgrounds to access Higher Education and provide scholarships for asylum seekers and forced migrants who are seeking sanctuary in the UK. 

Applications for 2021 entry are now open until 31 May 2021. Apply using the button below.

Here at Keele we believe that everyone has the right to education and are working to ensure that asylum seekers and students from a forced migrant background are able to access Higher Education. Successful applicants for the Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship at Keele University will be provided with: 

  • Full tuition fee costs.
  • An additional award of £1200 towards living costs in each year of study. 
  • An additional award of £250 towards course costs each year of study to be loaded onto the student’s Keele card. 
  • Personal support will also be available for each successful student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree programme. 

Please be aware that the scholarship is unable to provide full maintenance support so applicants must be able to provide evidence that they will be able to cover their living costs whilst studying.  


How to apply 

  • Read the guidance notes below and terms and conditions fully before completing the online application form.
  • Ask your Referee to provide a supporting statement. 
  • Submit your online application form and forward your completed reference and any evidence to support your application to student.services@keele.ac.uk.

For more information about support available for Asylum Seekers and Forced Migrants at Keele University please visit our support pages.

External sources of funding

Please visit the web pages below to find out more information about external sources of funding for asylum seekers and forced migrants.

Applications for 2021 entry are now open. 

The following scholarships are available:

  • Two scholarships for eligible applicants wishing to study an undergraduate degree programme or foundation programme (up to a maximum of four years)
  • One scholarship for eligible applicants wishing to study a postgraduate taught degree programme (part-time or full-time)

Please note, the Sanctuary Scholarships are only available to new students wishing to start their course in 2020. If you are a current student and struggling to fund your course, please contact student.services@keele.ac.uk for advice from our Money and Welfare Team). 

You can apply for the Article 26 busary for either campus-based or online-only courses run by Keele University. Please note that for online-only courses, there is still the same requirement that you live in the UK and have the necessary status (according to the criteria outlined in the guidance documents below). 

The following courses are not eligible for the Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship scheme: Postgraduate Research and PhD programmes, Medicine, Social Work, and Veterinary Science.

The scholarship provides the following:

  • Full tuition fee costs for up to a maximum of four years
  • A further cash award of £1200 towards living costs and £250 towards course costs loaded onto the students' Keele Card in each year of study, funded by the Felix Andrew Opportunity Fund
  • Personal Support: support will be developed for each successful student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree programme.

Please be aware that the scholarship is unable to provide full maintenance support, so applicants must be able to provide evidence that they will be able to cover their living costs whilst studying.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 31 May 2020.