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. 

Scholarships for 2020 entry

Applications for 2020 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 for advice from our Money and Welfare Team). 

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.

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.