Asylum Seeker Scholarships

We are pleased to offer five 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.

The scholarships will be available for students studying undergraduate degrees or postgraduate masters courses. Awards are discretionary.

Our aim is to support students under the government’s resettlement programme or who are recent arrivals in the UK.

Firth CourtAre you eligible to apply for a scholarship?

To be considered for the scholarship you must:

  • have discretionary or limited leave to remain in the UK, be a dependant or partner of someone with discretionary or limited leave to remain or you or your parent/guardian or partner have submitted an asylum or human rights application and 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
  • be unable to access mainstream funding, for example student finance or local authority grants
  • currently attend a school, college, community or voluntary group who will provide a reference in support of your application
  • hold a conditional or unconditional offer from the University of Sheffield to study an undergraduate or postgraduate course starting in September 2017
  • be studying at degree level for the first time* (applicable to undergraduate applicants only)

*Please contact financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk if you have withdrawn from a previous degree course.

If you receive notification that you are liable to be detained, you will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.  If your status changes throughout the application process or at any point prior to or during your studies, you must notify the University immediately.

If you have not yet applied for a course

You must have received an offer for a course at the University of Sheffield to be able to apply for the scholarships. You can contact our Admissions Service for advice about how to apply, the courses available and the entry requirements:

Email: shefapply@sheffield.ac.uk

Please note, if you are unable to source evidence of previous qualifications please email financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk

The deadline to apply for this scholarship scheme is Friday 23rd June 2017.

Apply here

To apply, you must create an account by selecting the 'Apply here' button, 'Click here if you are a prospective student' then 'Need an account? Sign up here'.

Please note: You are unable to access the scholarship application form using your MUSE applicant account details.

Frequently asked questions

My asylum application has been rejected, but I am appealing the decision. Can I still apply for the scholarship?

No, but if your appeal results in a new immigration status with leave to remain, we will then be able to consider your application.

I need to improve my English and have taken an IELTS test. My score is below the course requirement. Can I still get the scholarship?

You will only be eligible to apply for the Asylum Seeker Scholarship if you have a place on a course at the University of Sheffield. To find out what the minimum IELTS requirement is, please visit the relevant course webpage. If you do not have the required IELTS score, and the University will not accept you on the course, you will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.


For more information on support available from our English Language Teaching Centre, please see their scholarship webpage.

What are my chances of getting the scholarship if I apply?

There are 5 scholarships available, and we receive a high number of applications. The scholarship is very competitive and you should attempt to complete your application to the very highest standard if you wish to be seriously considered.

Student Finance England have told me that I’m not eligible for student loans, but I’m appealing the decision. Can I still apply for the Asylum Seeker scholarship?

If you are not eligible for loans from Student Finance England, and meet the other criteria, you can apply to the Asylum Seeker Scholarship. If you appeal against their decision not to fund you, and are subsequently successful in receiving loans from Student Finance England, your scholarship application will not be considered.

I am currently studying at another UK university, but would like to transfer to Sheffield and apply for the Asylum Seeker Scholarship. We only accept applications from students beginning a new course at Sheffield. You cannot apply for the scholarship if you are transferring to Sheffield.
Am I able to apply for the Asylum Seeker Scholarship if I get a place at Sheffield through clearing or adjustment? We will contact all applicants by 31st July to let them know if they have been successful. Therefore, we are not able to consider applicants who are coming to Sheffield through clearing or adjustment.
I would like to apply for the scholarship, but I cannot afford the UCAS application fee to apply for my chosen course. Do you offer any funding for the UCAS application? No, unfortunately there is no funding available for this.

To support your application

1. You will need to provide a supporting statement from a referee to complete your application. The referee must provide their contact details and confirm that the school, college, community or 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?

2. You must provide all the documentation you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum claim.

Our address to submit your reference and evidence of your residency status:

Financial Support Team
Student Support and Guidance
University of Sheffield
Level 6
Students' Union
Western Bank
Sheffield S10 2TG

Alternatively you can send the information by email to:

financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk

If you are awarded the scholarship this will not influence your Leave to Remain with the UK Home Office.

Selection process

This is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful. A panel of senior members of staff will select the strongest applications and will be looking for the following:

• Applicant has provided a clear rationale for applying for a course at the University of Sheffield.
• Applicant has clearly articulated future ambitions, these goals relate to the degree they have applied for.
• Applicant has outlined personal circumstances that have presented a challenge to academic progress and has detailed how any barriers have been overcome successfully.

If your application is taken forward, we may invite you for an interview to clarify the information you have provided in your application. The University will also contact the Home Office to verify your immigration status in the UK.

If at any point during the application process or after you start your studies, we are informed by the Home Office that you should not be studying at the University, you will no longer be eligible for the award.  We will deem you withdrawn and you will be expected to leave your studies and University accommodation immediately.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application before Monday 31st July 2017.

Any questions?

Please get in touch if you have any questions:

Email: financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 1319