Sanctuary Scholarship (2024)

The University of Sussex has been awarded the title of University of Sanctuary, in recognition of its efforts to welcome and support forced migrants. This Sanctuary Scholarship is one way that the University supports students that are unable to receive student loans; to enable them to take up a place on their chosen degree at Sussex.

What you get

  • Full 'Overseas' tuition fee waiver 
  • £14,400 per year of undergraduate study (up to 4 years)
  • Sussexsport membership
  • Continuation of housing

Type of award

Full tuition fee waiver and living costs

Funding type

Sussex funded


This scholarship is offered to forced migrants or applicants granted a temporary form of leave only, to provide financial assistance in order to enable them to take up a place on a degree at the University of Sussex. Therefore applicants will be required to provide evidence of this in order to apply.

  • Who is eligible

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have received an offer of a place to study an undergraduate degree at the University of Sussex starting in September 2024. Foundation, Year 1 or Year 2 applicants can apply. You must also:

    • Have submitted, or are the dependent of someone who has submitted, an application to the UK Home Office for recognition as a Refugee; or
    • Have been granted temporary form of leave to remain in the UK as a result of an asylum application (e.g. limited leave to remain, humanitarian protection) and not be eligible for funding from Student Finance England; or
    • Be a partner/child of an asylum seeker or an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child; and
    • Have a household income of under £25,000; and
    • Be unable to access UK government student financial support because of your current immigration status
  • Who isn’t eligible

    You are not eligible for this scholarship if you:

    • Are not currently residing in the UK
    • Have applied for, or received, recognition as Refugee (or other forms of temporary leave as the result of an application for Asylum) in a country which is not the UK
    • Are applying for a degree at a university that is not at the University of Sussex
    • Are progressing into the final year of a degree at Sussex
    • Are studying an online course
    • Are studying one of the Excluded courses listed below.
  • Excluded courses

    You are not eligible for this scholarship if you are going to study any of the following:

    • Certificates and Diplomas (including PGCE)
    • Courses at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS)
    • Degrees in Social work (if receiving an NHS bursary)
    • Online courses
    • Schools direct teaching courses
    • Courses offered at partner institutes e.g. International Study Centre (ISC)

Number of scholarships available

Two undergraduate scholarships


1 April 2024 23:59

How to apply

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I sincerely thank the University and the Sussex alumni community for supporting and recognising me in this way. My Article 26 Scholarship was the light at the end of a very dark tunnel” Adarsh Ramdawor
Law with International Relations, 2021

Contact us

If you have any questions about your eligibility for this scholarship or need any further information, please email

Information and support for forced migrants/refugee students can be found on our University of Sanctuary page.

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All applicants will have a final decision by June 2024.

Terms and conditions

The Sanctuary Scholarships were previously called the Article 26 Scholarships, named after Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: ‘Everyone has the right to education’. In recognition of the University's status as a University of Sanctuary, these were renamed the Sanctuary Scholarships in 2024.

Sanctuary Scholarship holders are eligible for continuation of housing for the duration of their studies. Receiving continuation of housing as a Sanctuary scholar is subject to checks and any application will be assessed to ensure that it is appropriate for the University to allocate accommodation.

Maintenance payments are not intended to cover additional costs such as legal fees, relocation costs or support for family/dependants.


At level(s):

Application deadline:
1 April 2024 23:59 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: