Education enables refugees to build more hopeful and secure futures for themselves and their communities, yet just 1% of refugee youth around the world make it to university.

Young people seeking asylum face particular barriers when trying to enter higher education in the UK, primarily their ineligibility for student finance and their categorisation as ‘overseas’ students. High fees, coupled with exclusion from student loans, puts university out of reach for many bright and motivated students. 

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. Click here to read about the impact of this scholarship. 


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 three year humanities degree programme at undergraduate level, or a postgraduate masters degree in humanities. Only candidates with proven excellent academic record/achievement 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 15th June 2019, and the deadline for applications is midnight on 9th July 2019. Interviews for successful candidates will be held in July 2019, in London. 

Apply here.


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 enrollment.

Applications for 2019 are now closed.  The next application round will open in Spring 2020. 

If you have any questions about this scholarship, please contact Dan Webb.


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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