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The University of East Anglia (UEA) has been awarded ‘University of Sanctuary’ by The City of Sanctuary, an organisation which promotes action to support refugees and asylum seekers.

This initiative is also working in partnership with the Article 26 project, supported by the Helena Kennedy Foundation, to facilitate people seeking asylum to progress into higher education. Article 26 takes its name from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to education and specifies that higher education should be accessible on the basis of merit.

 

Sanctuary Scholarship Details

For the 2020/21 academic year, UEA will look to offer two scholarships (either undergraduate or postgraduate) to students who are seeking asylum in the UK, and are not entitled to receive statutory student financial support from Student Finance England, (Wales or Northern Ireland), or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

 

The successful applicants will receive:

  • Full Tuition Fee Support. Students will be offered a 100% tuition fee waiver.
  • Maintenance Support. In addition to a tuition fee waiver, students will be awarded a bursary of £3,000 a year towards living costs and course related expenses.

These will be awarded until such time as you are awarded status that enables you to access student finance. The applicant will then be removed from the scholarship effective from the next academic year, when they will be able to apply for student support.

 

Eligibility Criteria

You must ensure you meet ALL of the eligibility criteria outlined below in order to apply, and be able to provide documentary evidence to verify your circumstances. Applicants who do not meet the full criteria will not be considered for an award.

  • You have sought asylum in the UK or were included as a dependant (spouse/child) on an application for asylum*; AND
  • You have yet to receive a decision on your asylum claim, or you have received a decision on your claim for asylum which has resulted in an award of DLR (Discretionary Leave to Remain).
  • You have been offered a full-time place on either an undergraduate or postgraduate course at UEA, commencing September / October 2020. Please note that courses within the Faculty of Medicine are ineligible for the UEA Sanctuary Scholarship (Fees and Bursary award).
  • You are unable to access UK Government Student Financial Support (Tuition and Maintenance Loans) because of your current immigration status.
  • You have not already obtained a qualification that is equal or higher than the course you are applying to.

* Spouses / civil partners must have been the spouse / civil partner on the date on which the asylum application was made. Children / step-children must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made.

These scholarships are payable in each academic year of your course until such time as you (or your parents or spouse / civil partner) are granted Refugee Status (Leave to Remain) in the UK. Your award will then cease from the start of the next academic year.

UEA Sanctuary Scholarship (Fee Only Award)

New to 2020 entry, Sanctuary applicants who have Refugee status or Humanitarian Protection and are ineligible for course fee loan funding from Student Finance England due to their possessing a qualification that is equal to or lower than the course qualification being aimed for, may apply for a fees only award.

The successful applicants will receive:

  • Full Tuition Fee Support. Students will be offered a 100% tuition fee waiver. The applicant’s maintenance support will be provided by Student Finance England.

You must ensure you meet ALL of the eligibility criteria outlined below in order to apply, and be able to provide documentary evidence to verify your circumstances. Applicants who do not meet the full criteria will not be considered for an award.You have received a decision on your asylum claim that has resulted in Refugee status or Humanitarian Protection; AND

You have been offered a full-time place on an undergraduate course at UEA, commencing September / October 2020; AND

The qualification aim of the course is equal to or lower than a qualification you already possess; AND

You have been accepted for a maintenance-only award from Student Finance England.

 

UEA/INTO UEA Pre-sessional English Scholarship

New to 2020, UEA and INTO UEA are jointly sponsoring a fully funded 12-week pre-sessional English course. The course is available to any applicant from a forced migration background (all statuses are eligible) who wishes to study at University but does not meet the English language requirement of the course.

The successful applicants will receive:

Full tuition fees for the 12-week course and a bursary of £1000 to cover living costs whilst studying.

You must ensure you meet ALL of the eligibility criteria outlined below in order to apply, and be able to provide documentary evidence to verify your circumstances. Applicants who do not meet the full criteria will not be considered for an award.

You have an immigration status as a result of having made an asylum application in the UK; AND

You have an offer to study an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the UEA; AND

It has been recommended you undertake a pre-sessional English course in order to meet the language requirements of the course.

If the successful applicant is of an immigration status that makes them ineligible to Student Finance funding, a Sanctuary Scholarship (fees and bursary) will be guaranteed for their University course. If the successful applicant is of an immigration status that makes them eligible for Student Finance, it is expected that the applicant will apply for Student Finance and fund their course as a Home student.  

 

Application and Selection Process

The application process for these scholarships for 2020-21 is now open.

UEA Sanctuary Scholarship Application Form

The deadline for this scholarship is 31st May 2020 and successful candidates will be notified by 30th June 2020.

In the event more applicants than scholarships is available the UEA Sanctuary Scholarship will be awarded by a Selection Panel whose decision is final. Preference will be given to applicants based on:

  • Academic potential
  • Academic history
  • Regional residence

Any enquiries regarding the Sanctuary Scholarship, please contact Peter Courridge.

Read full Terms and Conditions for the Sanctuary Scholarship.

Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA)

UEA has been a proud member of CARA since 2019. CARA provides urgently-needed help to academics in immediate danger, those forced into exile, and many who choose to work on in their home countries despite serious risks. CARA also supports higher education institutions whose work is at risk or compromised.

Through CARA, UEA will aim to host placements for its at-risk academic members. The placement may be a short-term research/business visits or longer term postdoctoral study/PhD research degrees. Each placement agreed with CARA is bespoke and based on the needs of the applicant, but in general CARA and the UEA aim to cover costs of flights and transfers, accommodation, living allowance, expenditure, and where applicable provide an exemption on course fees.

For further information, please go to: www.cara.ngo