Sanctuary Scholarship

We are immensely proud to join the growing network of universities that offer scholarships to asylum-seeking students 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 asylum-seeking students have already shown remarkable strength, resilience and commitment, so each year we will offer an asylum-seeking student:

  • 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. You must be:

  • An asylum seeker, or the partner / dependent of an asylum seeker; or
  • An asylum seeker (or partner / dependent) who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status.


  • Have a conditional or unconditional offer for 2018 entry on an undergraduate degree course at York St John University*.
  • Currently be attending a school, college, community or voluntary group which can provide a reference in support of your application
  • Unable to access mainstream funding, e.g. student finance or a local authority grant.
  • Live within commuting distance of York St John University.
  • 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 Alice Rowan by emailing  

*Please note that this does not include NHS courses such as Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. For more information on why we have excluded these courses please do contact us using the details above.

How do I apply?

The closing date for applications for 2018 entry is 15 May 2018

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 2018-19 (DOCX, 85.8 kB)

You should also refer to the following guidance notes when completing your application: Sanctuary Scholarship Guidance Notes (DOCX, 99 kB)

You should send your completed application form to:

Alice Rowan
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 Alice Rowan - 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.