SOAS University of London

SOAS launches Sanctuary Scholarships Appeal to support displaced people

8 February 2017

SOAS University of London has launched its largest fundraising campaign for displaced people who cannot access student finance, to provide them with a chance to enter higher education in the UK.

Earlier this year the School launched the SOAS Sanctuary Scheme, which provides young displaced people with an opportunity to begin their studies at SOAS. Under the five-year scheme, SOAS has covered the cost of tuition fees for seven Sanctuary Scholarships – six for undergraduates and one for postgraduates.

The Sanctuary Scholarships Appeal is seeking support for the living costs of displaced people studying at SOAS under the SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships.

Professor Richard Black, Pro-Director for Research and Enterprise at SOAS, said: “The tragedy of global forced displacement should lead all of us to think how we can make a difference. In the university sector, a concrete way we can help is by ensuring that a generation of people does not miss out on higher education.”

SOAS hopes to raise £150,000 towards the appeal over the next two weeks of which £14,000 has already been secured through the generous support of alumni, friends, trusts and foundations, staff and students. An anonymous donor has also generously agreed to match the first £20,000 donated, pound for a pound.

To find out more about the appeal, visit the Sanctuary Scholarships Appeal pages.