Asylum Seeker Scholarships - Full Time

Full-time English language course scholarships for asylum seekers offered by the University of Sheffield.

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We are pleased to offer 4 scholarship places (covering tuition fees only) for those who have sought refuge in the UK. Our aim is to support students under the government's resettlement programme or who are recent arrivals in the UK. There are places on the following English language courses:

  • Pre-sessional English - a course for those who have a conditional or unconditional academic offer for a degree course at The University of Sheffield.
  • University English - a general English course for those who want to improve their overall English language skills for a variety of educational, personal and professional reasons.

Both courses are currently available as either as an entirely online course, or as a blended in-person course with some online components. 

Unfortunately computer equipment and internet access is not provided as part of these scholarships. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition fees only.

If you choose to do study a face-to-face course you will need to travel to the English Language Teaching Centre to attend any face to face classes.

Scholarship application criteria

To be considered for the scholarship you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old and ideally live in Sheffield or be able to travel to Sheffield (for the face-to-face course) or in the UK (for the online course).
  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer for an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Sheffield (if you are applying for a pre-sessional English course) and be studying at degree level in the UK for the first time (applicable to undergraduate students only). An academic offer is not necessary to apply for the University English course.
  • 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 on an ELTC course.
  • Be unable to access mainstream funding, for example student finance or local authority grants.
  • Provide all the documentation you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum claim.
  • Meet the entry requirements for your chosen course. For more information please see the relevant course webpages. If your level of English is too low, you will not be considered for a scholarship.
  • Be available to attend the course full-time, Monday to Friday.

Further information and eligibility requirements

  • If you have exhausted all appeal rights and have neither submitted a fresh claim for asylum or an application to remain in the UK under another immigration category, you will not be able to study at the University of Sheffield.
  • 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 or receive a 'no study' immigration bail condition or a 'restricted study' condition that prohibits study at the University of Sheffield, you will not be permitted to study at the University.
  • 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.
  • If you receive notification that you are liable to be detained, you will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.
  • We may ask you to take an English test as part of the scholarship application process if you are unable to prove your English level.
Selection process
  • This is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful; a panel of senior members of University of Sheffield 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 may contact the Home Office to verify your immigration status in the UK.

How to apply

Please Note: Applications for scholarships in 2020-21 are now closed and we are no longer accepting further applications.

To apply for a scholarship there are two steps.

Step 1: Please complete and submit our expression of interest form.

Step 2: After completing the expression of interest form, please send scanned copies of the following documents by email to

  • 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, (ideally an IELTS certificate)
  • 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

Our staff will then check your eligibility for the scholarship and contact you with instructions on how to complete a full application.

Further information

If you have any unanswered questions or require any further information about the scholarships, please contact us directly at

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