Funding for asylum seekers and forced migrants

Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarships

Article 26 is a project supported by the Helena Kennedy Foundation which is committed to supporting disadvantaged students and enabling them to continue their studies in higher education.

Keele University is working with the Article 26 project to provide scholarships for asylum seekers and forced migrants who are unable to access funding from Student Finance.

Indicative information about 2018 entry Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarships

Applications for 2018 entry are now closed. If you have any questions or you are interested in finding out about further opportunities for the scholarship for 2019 entry please email student.services@keele.ac.uk

For 2018 there were:

  • 2 scholarships for eligible applicants wishing to study an undergraduate for foundation programme
  • 1 scholarship for eligible applicants wishing to study a postgraduate taught degree programme (part-time or full-time)

Please note that the following courses are not eligible for the Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship scheme: Postgraduate Research and PhD programmes, Medicine and Social Work.

The scholarship provides the following:

  • 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 students Keele card.
  • Personal support: support will also 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.

Before making an application for the Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship please ensure that you meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • An applicant must meet the academic and any other requirements of their chosen course. This can include but is not limited to matriculation, English proficiency as well as satisfactory references, personal statement or Disclosure and Barring Service check.
  • An applicant must have received an offer of a place on the course before applying for the scholarship.

Applicants must also meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must fall into one of the following immigration status groups and be unable to access UK government funding because of their current immigration status.
    • An asylum seeker - a person who has made a claim within the UK.
    • A person who has been granted some form of temporary status such as Humanitarian Protection or Limited Leave to Remain in the UK
    • Dependents or partners of any of the above status groups, whose claim is dependent on a principal applicant.
  • Applicants must be able to provide evidence of their status, under one of the above categories.

(Please note some students with temporary status may be eligible for funding under the Long Residence category. For useful information regarding eligibility under this category, please visit: https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Money/England-fee-status#layer-6082)

  • Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of Keele University

Please note that the following courses are not eligible for the Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship:

  • Postgraduate Research and PhD programmes
  • Medicine
  • Social Work

If you have any questions or are unsure about your eligibility for the scholarships then please contact us at student.services@keele.ac.uk before applying.

Applicants will need to read the guidance notes and terms and conditions fully and complete an application form which you will find available to download below. 

The completed application form should be given to your supporting Referee who should be asked to complete a supporting statement

All application forms must be signed by the Principal of the school or college or a Senior Manager of the voluntary or community group supporting the student’s application. 

You can submit your completed application via email to student.services@keele.ac.uk along with your supporting documents.

  • Please note that this is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful
  • Following initial assessment, the University will contact you to let you know whether or not your application will progress to the next stage of the selection process.
  • If your application is taken forward, you will be invited to an interview to verify the information you have provided in your application
  • Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date
  • If you are successful in being offered an Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship you will be informed within two weeks of your interview

For further information on any aspect of completing your application please email 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

There are a number of charities that may be able to offer bursaries and scholarships to Asylum Seeking students. Please visit the webpages below to find out more information about external sources of funding. 

The Helena Kennedy Foundation (HKF) awardn is about much more than money. The financial support provided to HKF award winners will be vital in enabling students who face financial difficulties to progress to higher education.

The Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship - this scholarship helps young asylum seekers (aged up to 28 years old) pursue higher education in social care, medicine, nursing or related professions. Up to three people a year will be supported by the Westheimer Trust to study for a first degree or professional qualification in the field of healthcare through a scholarship ranging from £10-20k a year. The scholarship is administered by the Refugee Support Network who can be contacted for further advice regarding this scholarship.

The Marks Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship - this scholarship is open to students embarking on a three year degree programme at undergraduate level in the fields of Humanities, Medicine or Health and Social Care. ‍The scholarship will cover fees up to £9,500 per year, and applicants will need to demonstrate that they can cover their living costs whilst at university. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have an asylum-seeking background and people who are not eligible for student finance will be prioritised. The scholarship is administered by the Refugee Support Network who can be contacted for further advice regarding this scholarship.