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Article 26 scholarship

Royal Holloway aims to promote access to Higher Education for students who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK.

One scholarship is available each year to new eligible undergraduates in any subject.

The scholarship is offered as a full tuition fee waiver, available for three years of study and a Friendly Hand Maintenance Bursary of £12,000 per annum

Am I eligible?

To be considered for the Article 26 scholarship, you must:

  • Be an asylum seeker, the child of an asylum seeker or hold Discretionary Leave to Remain.
  • Be ineligible to obtain funding from the Student Loan Company (tuition fee loans or maintenance loans).
  • Have a right to study in the UK
  • Hold an offer to study an undergraduate programme at Royal Holloway.
  • Submit a completed scholarship application form by the deadline.

A strong scholarship statement, positive referee’s supporting statement and good interview are also required.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2019 entry have now closed

Once you have an offer to study here, you can apply on Royal Holloway Direct.

Before starting your application, read the application guidelines and eligibility criteria.

Scholarship statement

You will need to write a scholarship statement, which should include:

  • Your personal circumstances and what barriers you have overcome to continue with your education. You do not need to give details of the events that led to you seeking asylum, unless you wish to. You should include information about when you arrived in the UK and the current status of your asylum application.

Referee’s supporting statement

You must also submit a referee’s supporting statement. This should be written by someone who knows you and should include:

  • Details of your personal and financial circumstances and the barriers you have overcome to continue your education.
  • How well suited you are to the course you plan to take and how realistic your ambitions are.
  • What contribution, to their knowledge, you have made to school/college life and your community.
  • How they believe you would benefit from the Article 26 Scholarship.
  • Any other information relevant to your application.

It is strongly advised that you provide your referee with a copy of your scholarship statement ahead of them writing their supporting statement.

Your referee will need to provide their name and contact details and outline what capacity they know you.

Your referee’s supporting statement should be uploaded on to Royal Holloway Direct as part of your scholarship application.

Additional terms and conditions

You need to be able to provide evidence that you’ve sought asylum on arrival in the UK and that your asylum application is under consideration by the Home Office. Students who have refugee status are not eligible for this scholarship.

If you are on a three year undergraduate degree and choose to spend your second year abroad, you will have any tuition fees owing to Royal Holloway waived by this scholarship. However, no additional cash award will be made in these circumstances.

If you are on a four year undergraduate degree and spend your third year on a study abroad placement you will not receive any scholarship funding for that third year. However, the full tuition fee waiver will apply for your fourth year.

If you fulfil the eligibilty criteria you will remain eligible for the award unless:

  • you (or your parents or spouse/ civil partner) are granted indefinite leave to enter/ remain in the UK   


  • you become eligible to receive funding from the Student Loan Company (either tuition fee loan or maintenance loan).

In these circumstances, you must inform the university immediately and the award will cease from the start of the next academic year, when you would be expected to apply for student finance instead.

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