The University of Sheffield offers Sanctuary Scholarships for those who have sought refuge in the UK - for example, students who have been displaced or affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a conflict in their home country, or have another reason for their forced migration to the UK.
Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is 1pm Monday 4 July 2022.
The University of Sheffield is offering ten fully-funded scholarships for those who have sought refuge in the UK. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition and provide a £9,840 award to support living costs for each year of study.
This scholarship was formerly known as the Asylum Seeker Scholarship.
Please note: If you do not meet the criteria below but have been displaced or affected by conflict or persecution in your home country, for example by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, please get in touch to discuss your eligibility.
Contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.
To be eligible for the scholarship you must:
- Have been granted humanitarian protection or limited leave to remain in the UK, be a dependant or partner of someone with humanitarian protection or limited leave to remain, or you or your parent/guardian or partner are an asylum seeker and have submitted a claim within the UK for refugee status and have not yet received a decision from the Home Office on that application.
- Have applied for asylum on arrival in the UK, and before you have applied for a place at university.
- Currently attend a school, college or community/voluntary group that will provide a reference in support of your application.
- Hold an offer from the University of Sheffield to study an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course starting in September 2022.
- Be studying at degree level in the UK for the first time (applicable to undergraduate students only)*.
*Please contact the Student Fees and Funding Team if you have withdrawn from a previous course.
You are not eligible to apply for the scholarship if:
- You have exhausted all appeal rights and have not submitted a fresh claim for asylum or an application to remain in the UK under another immigration category. If your status changes at any stage of the application process you must notify us immediately.
- You have a ‘no study’ immigration bail condition or a ‘restricted study’ condition that prohibits study in higher education.
How to apply
1. Complete the application form below
You can find the application form here.
The deadline to submit an application is 1pm Monday 4 July 2022.
2. Provide a supporting statement from your referee from the school, college or community/volunteering group you currently attend.
You can attach this to your application form or submit by email at a later date by email ahead of the application deadline (our contact details are at the bottom of this page).
Please see further details below on what this must include.
- Referee's statement
Your referee must provide their contact details and confirm that the school, college, community/voluntary group that they represent wishes to support your application.
The supporting statement should be no longer than 750 words and should answer the following questions:
• What are the applicant's personal and financial circumstances and what barriers have they overcome to continue their education?
• How well suited is the applicant to the higher education course that they plan to take and how realistic are the student's ambitions?
• What contribution, to your knowledge, has the student made to college life and/or their community?
• Is there any other information that you believe is relevant to the student's application?
• How do you think the student would benefit from the scholarship offered by the University of Sheffield?
3. Send us all the documentation you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum claim and your referee’s statement.
These can be attached to your application or emailed to us (our contact details can be found at the bottom of the page).
The deadline to receive complete applications is 1pm Monday 4 July 2022.
4. A panel of senior University staff will assess all eligible applications.
This is a competitive process and applications will be judged using the selection criteria below.
- The applicant has provided a clear rationale for applying for a course at the University of Sheffield.
- The applicant has clearly articulated future ambitions, these goals relate to the degree they have applied for.
- The applicant has outlined personal circumstances that have presented a challenge to academic progress and has detailed how any barriers have been overcome successfully.
5. All eligible applicants will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application before the end of July 2022.
If at any point during the application process or after you start your studies, we are informed that your immigration status has changed, such that you are no longer permitted to study at the University, you will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.
For specific questions about fees, bursaries, scholarships and financial support, get in touch: