Asylum Seeker Scholarship


Key facts

  • Number of scholarships: Variable
  • Value: Cost of tuition fees and essential study costs
  • Opens: 5 February 2023
  • Deadline: 28 May 2023
  • Helps with: Tuition fees, Travel costs, Equipment and study costs
  • Duration: Length of course, or until eligible for state funding


The University has worked closely with the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association, Scottish Refugee Council and The Carnegie Trust in developing this Scholarship which is intended to help Asylum Seekers and those staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds to overcome barriers in progressing to higher education.

The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and taught postgraduate students of the University of Strathclyde. The scholarship meets the cost of your tuition fees and includes an allowance for essential study-related expenditure.

The scholarship is now closed to applications for the 2023/2024 academic year.

However, if you are the child of an asylum seeker (under 18 when the claim for asylum was submitted) or an unaccompanied asylum seeker, you may be eligible to apply to SAAS to have your tuition fees paid. For more advice, please email our funding and financial support team


Is this for you?

Applications will be considered from potential students who:

  • hold a conditional or unconditional offer to study at the University of Strathclyde for 2023-2024 (September start courses); and
  • have submitted, or are the dependant of someone who has submitted, an application to the Home Office for recognition as a Refugee under the 1951 UN Convention on the Status of Refugees (hereafter “The Convention”) and not yet received a final decision from the Home Office on that application; or
  • have been offered leave to remain in the UK on the grounds of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights provided that the student has not become eligible for Student Support from the relevant student funding body in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Applicants must live within the Glasgow area at the point of application as housing costs are not covered by the scholarship. Applications will only be accepted from prospective students outwith the Glasgow area if they submit written evidence of appropriate accommodation arrangements at the point of application.

Applications will also be considered from students who have already started their course of study but have subsequently applied for asylum and can no longer access their original funding. In these cases it will be necessary to establish that the original funding for study is no longer available and applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence.




Subject eligibility

Accounting & finance, Architecture, Biomedical engineering, Chemical engineering, Chemistry, Civil & environmental engineering, Computer science, Design manufacture & engineering management, Economics, Education, Electronic & electrical engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Human resource management, Law, Marketing, Mathematics & statistics, Mechanical & aerospace engineering, Languages, Naval architecture ocean & marine engineering, Pharmacy & biomedical sciences, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Speech & language therapy, Business, Journalism, Hospitality & tourism, Management, Forensic science, Management science, Social policy, Teaching, Aeronautical engineering, Biochemistry, Biology & biological sciences, Biomedical science, Civil engineering, Data analytics, Environmental engineering, Health, Immunology, International relations, Mechanical engineering, Microbiology, Naval architecture, Ocean engineering, Pharmacology, Product design, Prosthetics & orthotics, Renewable energy, Social work, Software engineering, Sports engineering, Engineering, Science, Marine Engineering

Levels eligibility

Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught

Study modes eligibility

Full Time

Fee Status


Student type


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Further information

The Award

Successful applicants will receive the following financial support:

  • Tuition Fees 

The University will provide scholarship funding to cover the full cost of the tuition fees for the student’s course until such time as the student is eligible to receive support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) or Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

  • Study Allowance

The award will include a study allowance which will be used to reimburse essential study-related expenditure. This will include payments for books, equipment and travel  to and from the University.

The award will continue to be made for the normal duration of studies for the student’s course unless/until:

  1. The student withdraws from the course
  2. The student completes the course
  3. The student reaches the end of the asylum and immigration appeals process and is no longer lawfully allowed to remain in the UK
  4. The student obtains a Home Office status which entitles them to support from SAAS, Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland. In this case the student’s fee waiver will end when government funding for fees commences

Current Scholars - Study related cost request form

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How to apply

Asylum Seeker Scholarship application criteria

Please read the above application criteria before submitting an application form.

Asylum Seeker Scholarship application form

Completed forms should be returned by email to:

Funding and Financial Support Privacy Notice



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Contact us

Funding and Financial Support Team

Funding and Financial Support Team, Level 4,

The Dame Jocelyn Bell-Burnell Wing

Learning and Teaching Building

University of Strathclyde


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