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 too access Higher Education and provide scholarships for asylum seekers and forced migrants who are seeking sanctuary in the UK. 

Scholarships for 2019 entry

We are pleased to announce that the following scholarships will be available for 2019 entry:

(The Sanctuary Scholarships are only available to new students wishing to start their course in 2019. If you are a current student and struggling to fund your course, please contact for advice from our Money and Welfare Team). 

  • 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)

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 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 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.


To be eligible to apply for the Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship, 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 for 2019 entry 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 for refugee status
  • A person who has been granted some form of temporary status such as 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 this UKCISA web page.)

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

Applications will be considered from students applying for the following courses:

  • Full time undergraduate degree and foundation programmes (up to a maximum of four years)
  • Full time or part time postgraduate taught Master’s programmes. (Applicants must be studying a minimum of a Master's qualification; modular courses and the Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma are not eligible).

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

  • 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 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.

Your application must be supported by supporting evidence and a supporting reference to be submitted alongside your application form. For more information and guidance on how to complete the application form, please see the Guidance Notes that can be downloaded below.

You can submit your completed application via email to along with your supporting documents and reference. Or you can post your completed application to:

Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarships
Student Services
Tawney Building
Keele University

Please do not post original copies of your supporting evidence, photocopies will be accepted.

The deadline for applications and all supporting documents to be submitted is Sunday 2nd June 2019.

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

When do applications open?

Applications for 2019 entry are now open - please download the application form below to apply. 

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.

The Helena Kennedy Foundation (HKF)

The Refugee Support Network

Student Action for Refugees