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Durham University is delighted to launch a pilot programme of the Durham University Sanctuary Scholarships.  The scholarships are being provided to support applicants who have been awarded "refugee status" by the UK government and who wish to undertake an undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme of study at Durham University commencing in the academic year 2022/23


Undergraduate - payment of tuition fees plus a grant of £11,000.00 for living costs

Postgraduate Taught - payment of tuition fees plus a grant of £15,000.00 for living costs

Year of Entry Applicants for programmes commencing in 2022/23
Number of awards available One Undergratuate and One Postgraduate taught.
Level of study Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught
Mode of study Full-time

All undergraduate programmes

All postgraduate taught programmes excluding Master's by Research and MBA


Undergraduate - length of the degree programe up to a maximum of 4 years

Postgraduate Taught - one year programme


Refugee Status Definition

In the UK, a refugee is a person who has fled their country and is seeking protection because of a fear of being persecuted due to their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.  

You have been given permission to stay in the UK and granted official 'refugee' status.  You have a letter from UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to confirm this.

How to apply

  1. Apply for a course

    Submit an academic application to Durham University for an undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme by the scholarship deadline 30th April 2022



    Apply to UCAS
  2. Complete a scholarship application

    Submit an online scholarship application form by 30th April 2022 including a personal statement covering the following areas:


    • Why you have chosen to study at Durham University
    • Provide details of your personal circumstances and the barriers you have faced continuing your education/career with reference to your current status in the UK
    • Explain how you feel the Sanctuary Scholarship would help you achieve your ambitions for the future
    • Provide relevant details of your or your family's current financial circumstances
    • Provide any additional information you feel is relevant to your application.


    Scholarship application deadline

    30th April 2022


    When applicants will be notified of the outcome.

    End May 2022


    Submit an online scholarship application
  3. Selection process

    Eligible applications will be considered by a Durham University Panel


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Get in touch

If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for a scholarship or the application process, get in touch with our Scholarships and Student Funding Office:

Scholarships and Student Funding Office

Durham University

Palatine Centre

Stockton Road



Telephone: +44 (0)191 334 6395