If you aren’t eligible for any of the scholarships offered by universities or are in need of additional financial support, there are alternative sources of funding available.
These scholarships are offered by organisations and can be used to support study at the university of your choice.
Three scholarships for asylum seekers aged 28 or under to pursue an undergraduate degree in social care, medicine, nursing or related professions. Applications are open between April and June each year.
Marks Family Charitable Foundation
A scholarship for students from asylum-seeking backgrounds who are embarking on a postgraduate degree programme. The scholarship covers ‘home’ tuition fees (up to £9500 per year). Applications are open between April and June each year.
The Ralph N Emanuel Scholarship
Three scholarships for an undergraduate degree with a clear humanitarian purpose. The specific amount awarded will be dependent upon the candidate's individual circumstances and university location. See website for full eligibility criteria.
The Jane Goodman Charitable Trust Scholarship
One scholarship for an undergraduate degree in Dentistry. The scholarship will pay home tuition fees and associated study costs. The specific amount awarded will be dependent on the candidate’s individual circumstances and university location. See website for full eligibility criteria.
The Black Heart Scholarship Programme
The Black Heart Scholarship Programme awards several annual bursaries to qualified candidates to advance their educational goals and life aspirations. The process is open to all stages of education from preparatory education to postgraduate schooling and the bursaries can be applied to the costs of formal (classroom/school) education or experiential education (field/community).
The UNITE Foundation Scholarship
Free university accommodation for care leavers and estranged students aged 25 or under, holding home fee status and undertaking an undergraduate degree.
Helena Kennedy Foundation HE Awards
Awards of up to £2,250 for students in publicly-funded further education institutions to continue their studies at certain ‘badged’ higher education institutions. Open to applicants who are experiencing barriers to continuing their education and are able to demonstrate severe financial hardship.
RIBA John and David Hubert Bursary
A bursary of up to £6,000 for students who have experienced forced displacement and who are enrolled in a professional qualification in architecture validated by the RIBA as either a Part 1 or a Part 2 course in the UK.
Hornby English Language Teaching Scholarships
The A.S. Hornby Educational Trust is offering a scholarship for a one-year Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the University of Warwick. The scholarship is open to experienced teachers who are themselves refugees, or have previously held refugee status, and are currently teaching English to refugees or asylum seekers in the UK.
The Aziz Foundation Scholarships
Aziz Foundation Scholarships cover the cost of fees for Masters degrees at partner institutions for individuals with career aspirations in Media & Journalism, Technology, Sustainability / Environment, Law, Policy (excluding Health Policy), and Creative Content. Scholarships are open to those who qualify for home fee status and are active in a Muslim community.
These organisations offer grants of varying amounts to support educational costs. Make sure to check the criteria and closing dates of each bursary to see if you are eligible for support.
Up to £5,000
- The Leathersellers’ Company Student Grants Scheme: Grants of up to £5,000 per year for up to 4 years for students who are enrolled on a full-time degree course at a UK university. The scheme is open to students at least five years leave to remain who can show a commitment to the UK.
- Hope for the Young: Grants of up to £4,500 for refugees, asylum-seekers, and undocumented young people who have no access to government funds, or to those who are facing extreme financial hardship.
- Lawrence Atwell’s Charity: Grants of up to £1,500 for young people aged 16-26 living in England and Wales from low-income backgrounds, to help them gain vocational, accredited qualifications.
- The Richard Stapley Educational Trust: Grants of up to £1,300 for postgraduate students aged 24 or over. Applicants should have been accepted on to or applying for a course of study for a degree in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science taken as a second degree, or for a higher degree (master's, PhD, or their equivalent) in any subject.
Up to £1,000
- The Ruth Hayman Trust: Grants of up to £1,000 to support the education and training of adults who have come to settle in the UK, and whose first language is not English and cannot afford the full fees for their studies.
- Trinity College London Language Access Fund: Grants (up to £250 for individuals or £2,000 for groups) to help cover the costs of Trinity’s language qualifications. Candidates must be nominated by their teacher or tutor, centre staff member or another appropriate person who is familiar with their background.
- Fund for Human Need: Emergency payments of up to £120, with priority given to those who are destitute or have no income or benefits.
- The Josephine Wolf Trust: Small grants for young people (priority to under 18s, but applications from over 18s will be considered) to help them work towards their career and education goals.
- Undergraduate Tuition Fee Grants - The Carnegie Trust: The Carnegie Trust provides grants for students who are required to pay tuition fees themselves due to prior study or their residency status, including people who are seeking asylum.
- Refugee Survival Trust Access to Employment and Education Grants: Access to Employment and Education (A to EE) grants are made to refugees and asylum seekers who need a small amount of money to help them access education or employment.
- The Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund: Grants or loans of up to £1,000 available to students in London who have found themselves in unexpected financial difficulties during their studies.
- Sir William Boreman’s Foundation: Grants of up to £3,000 to promote the education of young people under the age of 25 who live in Greenwich and Lewisham, particularly those from a low-income or otherwise disadvantaged background.
- The Walcot Foundation: Grants of up to £1,500 for non-childcare costs and up to £4,000 for childcare costs to help with the costs of a first degree or a vocational (work related) qualification for individuals living in Lambeth.
Further education only
- Learner Support: If you’re aged 19 or over, on a further education course and facing financial hardship, you may be able to apply for Learner Support.
- Family Action Educational Grants: Grants of up to £300 for students over the age of 14 who are studying a course (including access and pre-access course) at a Further Education College affiliated to Family Action.
- Helena Kennedy Foundation DISCOVER Bursaries: Bursaries for students who are in the first year of a two year level 3 study programme at one of the listed further education institutions.