Scholarships for Asylum Seekers who have either a conditional or unconditional offer for an academic course at The University of Sheffield

Students outside the ELTC main entrance

We are pleased to offer 4 scholarship places (tuition fee only) for those who have sought refuge in the UK and hold either a conditional or unconditional offer at The University of Sheffield. The scholarships are available for students who have either a conditional or unconditional offer for an undergraduate degree or postgraduate masters course. There are 2 places on each of the following English language courses:

  • University English for those who have a conditional offer on their English at The University of Sheffield
  • International Summer School Pre-sessional course for those who have an unconditional offer at The University of Sheffield to start in September 2017

The scholarships cover the cost of tuition fees only.

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

Please note: You would need to commit to travelling to Sheffield for the English language course or moving to Sheffield in order for you to attend the English Language course. We can only cover your English Language tuition fees and would not be able to offer you any living or travel costs during your English Language studies.

The scholarships are available for students who are 18+ and who meet certain criteria.

To be considered for the scholarship you must:

  • Be 18+ years of age and live in Sheffield or be willing to move or travel to Sheffield to attend the course
  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer for an academic course at The University of Sheffield
  • 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 on an ELTC course
  • 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
  • Provide all the documentation you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum claim
  • Provide a certificate or proof of your current level of English
  • Be willing to travel or move to Sheffield for your English Language course

You can only apply for 1 course.

If you have any queries, please email eltc.support@sheffield.ac.uk

Scholarships for English language courses

Students can only apply for 1 ELTC scholarship, from the following:

University English

2 scholarships available for our University English course, full-time, approx 21 hours per week, for up to 40 weeks, but at our discretion dependent on your current level of English:

  • You need to hold a conditional offer at The University of Sheffield, conditional on your English level.

International Summer school pre-sessional course

2 scholarships available for the 4 week International Summer School (orientation programme), full-time, approx 21 hours per week

  • You need to hold an unconditional offer at the University of Sheffield to start in September 2017

Application criteria:

  • All points mentioned above
  • You must have an intermediate to upper intermediate level of English (no beginners). If your level of English is too low, you will not be considered for a scholarship
  • We may ask you to do an English test if you are unable to prove your English level

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.

Scholarship Application Timetable

University English

Start dates depend on a student's current level of English, but please choose a start date and we can advise you on how long you will need to study for.

Term dates:

25th September 2017 - 16th December 2017 - 12 weeks, (deadline for applications is 30th June 2017)
15th January 2018 - 24th March 2018 - 10 weeks (deadline for applications is 3rd November 2017)
16th April 2018 - 9th June 2018 - 8 weeks (deadline for applications is 2nd February 2018)
25th June 2018 - 1st September 2018 - 10 weeks (deadline for applications is 13th April 2018)

International Summer School

Students will have an unconditional offer already so they will have the level of English they need for their academic course. The 4 week course concentrates on improving your English language ability and study skills.

Dates:

7th August 2017 - 2nd September 2017 - 4 weeks, (deadline for applications is 30th June 2017)

How to Apply

Please complete the form on the link below and then email us a scanned copy of the following documentation to eltc.support@sheffield.ac.uk

  • Photo page in your passport and visa page or BRP
  • Any asylum or Home Office documentation
  • Any proof of English or proof of English language study
  • A personal statement explaining how this course will benefit you
  • A reference from a school, college, community group or voluntary group who will support your application

Asylum Seeker Scholarship Application Form

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 scholarships 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 scholarship. We will deem you withdrawn and you will be expected to leave your studies immediately.

Further information about University of Sheffield Scholarships

Academic scholarships at The University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield also 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 are available for students who have either a conditional or unconditional offer for an undergraduate degree or postgraduate masters course. Awards are discretionary. More information is available here.