SOAS University of London

SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships applications now open for 2020/21

8 January 2020

The SOAS Sanctuary scheme to support displaced people is now taking applications for 2020/21. The scheme, first launched in 2015 is designed to support those who might otherwise be blocked from embarking on a university degree, especially those with precarious forms of immigration status or who do not have access to Student Finance, and people taking their first steps into Higher Education.

Candidate Criteria

Applicants must be a displaced person which includes the following types of status:

  • Refugee status
  • Humanitarian protection status
  • Discretionary Leave to Remain
  • Limited leave to remain on human rights grounds including UASC
  • Refused Asylum Seeker (fresh claim submitted)
  • Submitted an asylum claim in the UK
  • Asylum Seeker

Applicants must reside in the UK. 

We also welcome applications from young people who attended school in the UK to 18 but now are having to resolve their immigration status and meanwhile cannot embark on a degree course due to lack of access to Student Finance.

Applicants for undergraduate degrees must provide evidence of their status to scholarships@soas.ac.uk by the end of the scholarship application deadline. 

Applicants for Postgraduate Taught Masters degrees (on campus) must provide evidence of their status in their application for admission.

Only new students may apply: those already enrolled on a degree at SOAS are not eligible to apply.


Deadline for applications: 

Undergraduate: 27 February 2020

Postgraduate Taught Masters: 30 June 2020

To find out more about the application process visit the SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships page.

Make a donation to the SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships


For enquiries, please contact:

Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk  

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5094

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SOAS Sanctuary Scholarships