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 Wesheimer Health and Social Care Scholarship and the new Brittan scholarship. Click here to read about the impact of these scholarships.
Applications for both scholarships for the academic year 2018/19 are accepted between 1st May 2018 to 5pm on Thursday 31st May 2018.
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 social care, medicine, nursing or related professions. Up to three people a year will be supported by the Westheimer Scholarship to study for a first degree or professional qualification in the field of healthcare through a scholarship ranging from £10-20k a year.
The Brittan Scholarship
"Leon believed that education leading to continued intellectual curiosity opened up not only an individual's future but the potential of whole communities and nations" – Diana Brittan
This scholarship is in memory of Lord Leon Brittan who was himself the child of an immigrant and an asylum-seeking family, and who had huge sympathy for people seeking an education.
The Brittan scholarship is open to those who want to study a masters course or another higher education course of no more than two years duration (such as a university foundation year). The scholarship is available for students of International Law, International Aid or International Business. The amount awarded will be tuition fees (at home rates between £9,000 - £12,000 per year) and a small maintenance grant (maximum £5,000 per year) and it will last for up to two years.
Applicants who have an asylum-seeking background are encouraged to apply, and people who are not eligible for student finance will be prioritised. Please note that as this scholarship is for up to two years only, it is not appropriate for students wishing to undertake a three year undergraduate degree, as we encourage all students embarking on a degree to have a clear plan for how they will fund the entirety of their studies
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.
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