Asylum Seeker Scholarships

The application deadline has now passed for 2016

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 course starting in September 2016
  • be studying at degree level for the first time* (applicable to undergraduate applicants only)

*Please contact if you have withdrawn from a previous degree course.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:


Please note, if you are unable to source evidence of previous qualifications please email

The application deadline has now closed

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:

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.
  • If your application is taken forward, we may invite you for an interview to clarify the information you have provided in your application.
  • All awards are discretionary.
  • The University will 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.

Any questions?

Please get in touch if you have any questions:

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 1319