International (Non EU) students

Newcastle University Sanctuary Scholarships

Value of award

Full tuition fees and living expenses 

Number of awards


Start date and duration

Commences September 2021 for the full duration of the student’s degree programme.

Application closing date

The closing date for applications is 10 March 2021. No further applications for 2021 entry will be considered after this date.


Newcastle University is proud to support equal access to higher education and is pleased to offer sanctuary scholarships consisting of full tuition fee support and a bursary for living expenses for applicants wishing to study at the University. The scholarships have been designed to enable students from asylum-seeker backgrounds to progress to higher level study.


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Eligibility Criteria

1.The following categories of applicants can apply under this scheme:
a. asylum seekers
b. children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (eg children migrants under 18)*

2. Applicants must be living in the North East of England (Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Northumberland, Cleveland and North Cumbria) at the time that they apply for consideration under the scheme.*

3. Applicants must have applied for a place on a Newcastle University degree programme. Priority will be given to applicants applying for their first degree.

4. Their predicted grades must meet the entry requirements for the degree concerned.

5. Applicants must meet the English language criteria for their course or have relevant qualifications to indicate their English language competency.

Personal circumstances will be taken into account if there is good reason for criterion 4 or 5 not being met.

6. Applicants must be unable to access mainstream funding, for example from Student
Finance England or a local authority grant.

These criteria have been discussed and agreed with the Asylum and Migration Justice Forum.

*Applicants who have been granted Humanitarian Protection, Discretionary Leave to Remain as a result of an application for asylum, or the children of a parent in this position, may also be considered.

Programme of Study

Sanctuary Scholarship applications will be considered from students applying to the following programmes:
undergraduate degree programmes
postgraduate degree programmes, including doctorate level programmes (eg PhD)

The following applicants are not eligible to apply for Sanctuary Scholarship funding:
• Applicants for MB BS and BDS courses
• Study abroad and exchange students
• Applicants for non-degree awards (Higher Education Diploma, Higher Education Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma)

For more information about the scheme, please see the Newcastle University Sanctuary Scholarship Regulations 2021 (PDF: 130KB).

How to apply

Applications for the Sanctuary Scholarship must be made using our online application form.

Applicants will be required to upload proof of their immigration status and a reference. The reference should be from someone who has known the applicant for a significant period of time and who is aware of their personal circumstances.

Please read the Newcastle University Sanctuary Scholarship Guidance notes 2021(PDF: 424KB) carefully, before completing the application form.


Questions regarding the Newcastle University Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme should be sent to

Eligible Courses