Equal Access Scholarships

We're pleased to offer one Equal Access Scholarship for a taught postgraduate student seeking refuge in the UK.

  • Funding: £10,660 plus full fee waiver
  • Academic year: 2020/21
  • Open to: International (non-EU) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate taught
  • Number available: 1
Applications for 2020/21 are closed.

The scholarship provides:

  • a full fee waiver (you will not need to pay any tuition fees)
  • a maintenance award of up to £10,660 to help with living costs

Open to International (non-EU) students only.

To be considered for the scholarship you must:

  • have a conditional or unconditional offer from the University of York for 2020
  • have applied for asylum before you have applied for a place at university
  • not have access to mainstream funding, eg student finance or a local authority grant.

Your current immigration status can be described as one of the following:

  • Discretionary/limited leave to remain (DLR/ LLR)
  • Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
  • Humanitarian Protection (HP)
  • Awaiting a decision on application for refugee status
  • Leave as an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child (UASC leave)
  • Refused Asylum Seeker - your application for refugee status has been refused and you have submitted an appeal or a fresh claim
  • A dependent or partner of any of the above status groups

If you have already been granted Refugee Status or Humanitarian Protection Status, you may be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England (gov.uk).

You will not be eligible if you are applying to study at Hull York Medical School.

How to apply

Application deadline: Sunday 31 May 2020, 11.59pm BST

You must apply online for this scholarship using our scholarship application form.

As part of the application, you will need to provide:

  • your York Application ID (this is 9 digits long and can be found on your offer letter)
  • a personal statement
  • evidence of your asylum status, for example your biometric residence permit

You may be asked to provide an additional reference in support of your application from a school, college, community or voluntary group. We will contact you directly if we require this.

Personal statement

We recommend that you prepare your personal statement before you start your application. You will need to:

  1. Describe your family circumstances and the barriers you have overcome in order to continue with your education, with specific reference to your current status in the UK.
    • You should include information on when you arrived in the UK, your country of origin and the current status of your application for asylum.
    • You do not need to give details of the events that led to you seeking asylum unless you wish to do so.
    • Maximum 400 words
  2. Explain how this scholarship will help you achieve your ambitions for the future.
    • Maximum 300 words
How we allocate

This is a competitive process. One applicant will receive the postgraduate award.

A panel of senior staff from the University will select the successful scholarship awardees.

We aim to inform you of the outcome of your scholarship application in  mid June.

Terms and conditions

You must inform Tracey Clarke, Student Support Services at student-hub@york.ac.uk immediately if you receive any notification of a change to your Asylum Status.

If you receive a notification of a change in your Asylum Status which means that you become eligible for student financial support from the UK government, you must make an application for support for the next academic year. For example, if you start a course with Asylum Status in September and are then granted Refugee Status in November, you must apply for UK government student financial support for all future academic years of the course. The Student Support hub can provide you with support and advice for applying for Student Finance for the first time.

If you receive notification that you are liable to be detained, your scholarship will be suspended for the duration of your detention. We will support you to help you resume your studies if your status enables you to continue.

Your scholarship will be renewed for each year of your course providing you satisfactorily progress through to the next year of study and you maintain your registration as a full-time student.

If at any point during the application process or after you start your studies, you are informed by the Home Office that you should not be studying at University, you will no longer be eligible for the award. We will deem you withdrawn and you will be expected to leave your studies immediately.

Contact us

International Recruitment Team
+44 (0)1904 323534