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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 each year 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, positive referee’s supporting statement and good interview are also required.

How do I apply?

You must apply via Royal Holloway Direct.

In light of the current circumstances and the recent announcement that UCAS are extending their deadlines for entry 2020, we have decided to extend our undergraduate scholarship deadline to Friday 17 April 2020 11.59pm GMT. You will hear the outcome of your application from Monday 4 May 2020. Thank you to all those who have applied so far. If you have any queries please email

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