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Sanctuary Scholarship

Sanctuary 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 to new eligible undergraduates in any subject.

The scholarship is offered as a full tuition fee reduction, 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 Sanctuary 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 course at Royal Holloway.
  • Submit a completed scholarship application form by the deadline.

A strong scholarship statement and positive referee’s supporting statement is also required.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted through RH Direct by 11.59pm (UK time) on Monday 9 May 2022. Applicants will be made aware of the outcome of their application after Thursday 19 May 2022.

You will need to write a scholarship statement of no more than 1,000 words (please note that statements that exceed the word count will automatically be rejected), which should include:

  1. The county of origin that you have left to claim asylum status
  2. The terms of which you are claiming asylum status (e.g. political, religious, educational etc.) and provide details about that reason
  3. Reference to your current status in the UK
  4. Details of the date you arrived in the UK and the current status of your asylum application
  5. Details of your personal and family circumstances and what barriers you have overcome to continue with your education
  6. Academic achievements you are particularly proud of and why these really matter to you
  7. Why you have chosen to do the degree you have applied for
  8. What your future aspirations are and how the scholarship will help you to achieve your future goals
  9. Any other info that the trustees could consider before making an award

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 Sanctuary 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 in what capacity they know you.

You must also provide a copy of your immigration documents. These, and your referee’s supporting statement, should be uploaded on to Royal Holloway Direct as part of your scholarship application.

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 first year undergraduates in any subject.

Eligibility

To be considered for the Sanctuary scholarship, students 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 course at Royal Holloway
  • Submit a completed scholarship application form by the deadline stated on our website for this scholarship.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence that they have sought asylum on arrival in the UK and that their asylum application is under consideration by the Home Office. Students who have refugee status are not eligible for this scholarship.

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

  • A student (or their parents or spouse/civil partner) is granted indefinite leave to enter/ remain in the UK.

OR

  • A student becomes eligible to receive funding from the Student Loan Company (either tuition fee loan or maintenance loan). 

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

Allocation

A strong scholarship statement and a positive referee's supporting statement are required. Applicants must also provide a copy of their immigration documents. These, along with the scholarship statement and the referee’s supporting statement (details are on the website for this), should be uploaded as part of the scholarship application. Before starting their application, students are encouraged to read the application guidelines on the website. After the application deadline, we would email the applicants to ask their consent to contact UKVI to ensure they have the right to study in the UK. The donor of the Friendly Hand Maintenance Bursary will also be involved in the decision-making process for this scholarship.

Payment

The scholarship is offered as a full tuition fee reduction available over three years of study at Royal Holloway and a Friendly Hand Maintenance Bursary of £12,000 per annum, paid in equal termly instalments in October, Jan and April each year. 

Students on a three-year undergraduate degree who choose to spend their second year abroad will have any tuition fees owing to Royal Holloway waived by this scholarship. However, no additional cash award will be made in these circumstances.

Students on a four- year undergraduate degree who spend their third year on a study abroad placement will not receive any scholarship funding for that third year.  However, for the fourth year of the undergraduate degree, the full tuition fee reduction will apply.

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 reduction will apply for your fourth year.

If you fulfil the eligibility 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   

OR

  • 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.

If you are awarded the scholarship, you will be expected to provide a student profile for marketing purposes, a letter of thanks to the donor and provide a summary of your experience at the end of your course. You will also be expected to meet the donor at least once (if appropriate).

Read our full terms and conditions.

If you have any queries please email rhps@rhul.ac.uk

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