Sanctuary Scholarship

We are immensely proud to join the growing network of universities that offer scholarships to students who have sought refuge in the UK, in collaboration with the Article 26 Project.

Article 26’ refers to the section of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that everyone has the right to education, and specifies that higher education should be equally accessible to all people on the basis of merit alone.

At York St John we want to make a positive contribution to the world we live in, and we believe that our community is made richer by welcoming students from culturally diverse backgrounds. We recognise that these students have already shown remarkable strength, resilience and commitment, so each year we will offer a scholarship that includes:

  • A full tuition fee waiver
  • £1,000 per year towards the costs of study
  • 1:1 personalised support

Eligibility criteria

Before making an application for the Sanctuary Scholarship please ensure that you meet our eligibility criteria. The scholarship is open to those who do not have access to student finance and:

  • Are seeking asylum in the UK, or are a dependent or partner of someone seeking asylum. (You must have an active asylum case to apply);
  • OR who have been granted Discretionary / Limited Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status, or are the dependent or partner of someone who has been granted Discretionary / Limited Leave to Remain.


  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer for 2020 entry on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at York St John University.
  • Currently are attending a school, college, community or voluntary group which can provide a reference in support of your application.
  • Are unable to access mainstream funding, e.g. student finance or a local authority grant.
  • Live within commuting distance of York St John University.
  • Do not require support for living expenses or accommodation.

Applicants must meet these strict eligibility criteria and be in a position to verify their circumstances in order to apply. Applicants who do not meet the criteria will not be considered for an award.

If you have any questions about whether or not you should apply for an award please contact Anna Deacon by emailing  


How do I apply?

Please note: Applications for the 2020 Sanctuary Scholarship are now open.

You must complete and sign an application form and submit it by the deadline above. Please click here to access the application form: Sanctuary Scholarship Application Form 2020

You should also refer to the following guidance notes when completing your application: Sanctuary Scholarship Guidance 2020

You should send your completed application form to:

Anna Deacon
Student Services
York St John University
Lord Mayor’s walk
York   YO31 7EX

Please also e-mail a copy of your application to E:

Selection process

Once we have considered all applications submitted we will contact you and let you know whether you have been chosen to attend an interview. You will be asked to verify the information provided on your application form and provide evidence of your immigration status. Unfortunately not all applications will be successful.

If you are successful in being offered a Sanctuary Scholarship you will be informed within two weeks of your interview.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the York St John University Sanctuary Scholarship please contact Anna Deacon - E: T: 01904 876408

More information about the Article 26 Project.

Comprehensive guide to organisations working in the asylum, immigration and Higher Education sector, who can offer advice and support. 

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