Aber Sanctuary Scholarship

We are delighted that from the 2022/23 Academic Year, Aberystwyth University will be offering Sanctuary Scholarships.

Applications for 2022 are now open. The deadline to submit an application is 30 June 2022.

We are a diverse and inclusive community and recognise our role in breaking down barriers that may prevent individuals from achieving their aspirations.

As such we will be offering for this coming year two Sanctuary Scholarships.

Our Sanctuary scholarships are for those from forced migrant backgrounds who face a barrier to accessing university because Home Office regulations surrounding their immigration status prevent them from accessing funding from Student Finance.

The number of Sanctuary Scholarships available are:

About the scholarships

Each Undergraduate scholarship:

  • Will provide scholarship applicants with free English language testing if they need evidence of English for their chosen course.
  • Is available for degree courses or International Foundation Certificate plus degree course combinations with a normal maximum duration of four years.
  • Covers the full cost of the tuition fees for a maximum of the normal duration of the undergraduate taught programme for which the applicant has been admitted, until such time as they are awarded a status that entitles them to access student finance.
  • Covers the full cost of an International Foundation Certificate (if required) for the normal duration of the course.
  • Provides £8,000 per year towards living cost expenses.
  • Provides a free place (single room in a shared, self –catering apartment) in one of our Halls of Residence for scholarship students who wish to stay in University accommodation. Family accommodation is not available.
  • Provides English language support (if required) in the form of a 12 or 6-week Pre-sessional Course with free accommodation and an allowance towards living costs, for scholarship students who do not require an International Foundation Certificate.
  • Includes a designated member of staff to provide support, guidance and opportunities throughout your studies.

The scholarship is not available for our Veterinary Science courses or Postgraduate Research study.

Each Postgraduate scholarship:

  • Will provide scholarship applicants with free English language testing if they need evidence of English for their chosen course.
  • Is available for taught postgraduate courses only.
  • Covers the full cost of the tuition fees for a maximum of the normal duration of the taught postgraduate programme for which the applicant has been admitted, until such time as they are awarded a status that entitles them to access student finance.
  • Provides £8,000 per year towards living cost expenses.
  • Provides a free place (single room in a shared, self –catering apartment) in one of our Halls of Residence for scholarship students who wish to stay in University accommodation. Family accommodation is not available.
  • Provides English language support (if required) in the form of a 12 or 6-week Pre-sessional Course, with free accommodation and an allowance towards living costs.
  • Includes a designated member of staff to provide support, guidance and opportunities throughout your studies.

The scholarship is not available for Postgraduate Research study.

Eligibility

The Aberystwyth Sanctuary Scholarship is open to those who do not have access to student finance and hold one of the following immigration status in the UK:

  • You are an asylum seeker; or
  • You have been granted discretionary or Humanitarian Protection leave to enter or remain (with forced migration background); or
  • You are the partner/dependent of an asylum seeker/discretionary/Humanitarian Protection leave to enter or remain (with forced migration background).

AND

  • You have received a conditional or unconditional offer from Aberystwyth University to study a full-time undergraduate degree or International Foundation Certificate or postgraduate taught masters course.
  • You can provide a reference in support of your application from an organisation such as a school, college, community or voluntary group.
  • You have submitted an application to Aberystwyth University’s Sanctuary Scholarship by the deadline.

 

Caveats and exclusions

  • The scholarship is for September 2022 entry only: the award cannot be deferred to a different intake.
  • The scholarship is for Year 1 entry of an undergraduate degree course at Aberystwyth University or International Foundation Certificate or to commence a postgraduate taught course.
  • The scholarship cannot be used for any externally funded courses that are more than 4 years in duration (e.g. Veterinary Sciences).
  • The scholarship can only be used for full-time study.

How to apply 

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form. The deadline to submit your application form is 30 June 2022. Please email your completed application to sanctuary@aber.ac.uk 

Application form: Aber Sanctuary Scholarship Application Form

Interviews will take place in April and May - we are currently reviewing whether these will be held in person or virtually, however all applicants will be able to attend virtually if they prefer.