Sanctuary Scholarship

The University of Hull is proud to be a University of Sanctuary. We believe that higher education should be accessible to all on the basis of merit alone, and are pleased to offer three Sanctuary Scholarships to help reduce the barriers to participation in higher education faced by those seeking asylum in the UK.

Each Sanctuary Scholarship consists of a full tuition fee waiver, an annual £2,000 study grant (paid pro rata to part-time students), and tailored personal support. The Scholarships will be awarded to three applicants wishing to begin their studies at the University of Hull in September 2019 who can demonstrate that they have the ability to succeed academically, but face barriers to that success. 

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for a Sanctuary Scholarship, you must have applied for a place on a University of Hull undergraduate or postgraduate programme, and must meet the following criteria:

  • be seeking asylum in the UK, or be the dependent or spouse of someone seeking asylum


  • have been granted Discretionary/Limited Leave to Remain following an application for asylum, or be the dependent or spouse of someone who meets the aforementioned criteria 


  • be ineligible to access mainstream UK student funding due to your immigration status*
  • be attending a school, college, community or voluntary group which can provide a reference in support of the application 
  • live within commuting distance of the University of Hull 
  • not require assistance with accommodation costs or living expenses

Your application for asylum in the UK (or the application of your parent/guardian or spouse) must have been submitted before you applied to study at the University of Hull.

Applicants must meet the criteria above and be able to provide evidence of their circumstances in order to apply. If your status changes at any point prior to or during your studies, you must notify the University immediately.

Applicants to the Hull York Medical School are unfortunately not eligible for the University of Hull's Sanctuary Scholarship. HYMS applicants may wish to apply for the Westheimer Scholarship, which seeks to support students in the fields of health and social care. 

How to Apply

Apply online and submit all required evidence by 18 July 2019. You will be asked to attend an interview as part of the selection process. 

Alternatively if you require a paper copy of the application form please call 01482 466573 or email

Selection Process

As part of your application you will be asked to provide a personal statement addressing the following:

  • Your rationale for wanting to access Higher Education, including your future ambitions and aspirations, and how your chosen course will help you achieve these.
  • The barriers you have faced in continuing your education and how you have tried to overcome these.
  • Details of your financial circumstances and any previous applications you have made for funding.


Applicants are also required to submit a supporting reference and evidence of their immigration status.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview at the University of Hull. This interview forms part of the selection process.

Based on the information provided in the application form and during the interview, the selection panel will assess the level of barriers applicants face in accessing and succeeding in higher education and the extent to which the award of a Scholarship would remove some or all of these barriers.

Please note that this is a competitive process and not all eligible applications will be successful. In prioritising applications for award, the panel reserves the right to take into account broader considerations such as academic potential, prior qualifications or previous experience of higher education.


Other support for asylum seekers

From September 2018, new eligible asylum seeker students at the University of Hull will receive a Sanctuary Fee Reduction and be required only to pay fees equivalent to the Home/EU rather than International rate. If your application for the Sanctuary Scholarship is not successful, you may therefore still be eligible for the Sanctuary Fee Reduction. You will find further information here


* Students with certain residency statuses, including those with refugee status, are normally classified as ‘Home’ students and are eligible to pay fees at the Home/EU rate and to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan through Student Finance England (or the equivalent in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).  If you hold such a residency status, you will not be eligible to apply for the Sanctuary Scholarship. See Student Finance England's website for more details. 



A policy document for this award may be found here.