We are delighted to work in partnership with the Schwab & Westheimer Trust, supporting them to administer and promote the Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship, and the scholarship supported by the Marks Family Charitable Trust. Click here to read about the impact of these scholarships. 

Click here to get an email alert when scholarship applications open.


The Westheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship 

The Westheimer Scholarship is an initiative of the Schwab Westheimer Trust which was established by former refugees who benefited from welcome and support in the UK when fleeing Nazi Germany. 

This scholarship helps young asylum seekers (aged up to 28 years old) pursue higher education in health and social care, medicine, nursing or related professions. Up to three people a year will be supported with a Westheimer Scholarship to study for a first degree or professional qualification. The scholarship will pay home tuition fees, and living costs up to a maximum of £11,500 per year. The specific amount awarded will be dependent on the candidate’s individual circumstances, university location, and the completion of a detailed budgeting session prior to enrolment.

Applications are now open and will close at midnight on the 16th June 2020.

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document before beginning the online application form.

Please also read our online application form Guidance Notes before beginning an application.

Apply here.

If you have any questions about this scholarship, please contact our Higher Education team.


The scholarship supported by the Marks Family Charitable Trust

The scholarship supported by the Marks Family Charitable Trust is open to students embarking on a postgraduate degree programme. Candidates must be able to demonstrate how their chosen degree will make a valuable contribution to society. Only exceptional candidates with proven academic excellence will be considered.

The scholarship will cover ‘home’ tuition fees (up to £9,500 per year). Applicants will need to demonstrate that they can cover their living costs whilst at university. The scholarship will be awarded to students who have an asylum seeking background and people who are not eligible for student finance will be prioritised.

Applications will open on 21st April 2020 and close at midnight on the 16th June 2020.

Apply here.

If you have any questions about this scholarship, please contact our Higher Education team.



For further advice about university funding 



For further advice about applying to university as an asylum seeker or refugee, please get in touch with our higher education team. You may also find our FAQ page helpful. 

Click here to sign up to receive alerts about future funding opportunities for asylum seekers hoping to get to university. 

Categories: Higher education, Opportunities for young people
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