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Sanctuary Scholarship 2021-22

Kings College London is proud to announce that we will be awarding undergraduate scholarships for forced migrants in 2021. These will comprise of a full tuition fee waiver and a living cost scholarship of £12,382 per year of study.

Successful applicants will receive either a Sanctuary Scholarship or a Jesus the Light Sanctuary Scholarship. Both types of scholarship will provide the same financial support, and applicants will not need to submit a separate application or choose which type of award they wish to apply for.

Sanctuary Scholarships 

Sanctuary Scholarships are provided by King's College London as part of its commitment to support talented students who are forced migrants in the UK.

Jesus the Light Scholarships

The support of the Jesus the Light Sanctuary Scholarship is delighted to create a series of scholarships to help students seeking sanctuary in the UK.

The name ‘Jesus the Light’ is a celebration of the supporter’s own personal faith, compelling him to help others because of his faith. It not only reflects King’s historic Church of England foundation but also our diverse community of all beliefs and backgrounds today. Both the Bible and the Qur’an refer to Jesus as ‘light’, and this description is not intended to impinge upon the religious beliefs of others.

The scholarships are open to all regardless of faith, political creed, or nationality, and have been created to help students who wish to undertake their education at King’s College London.









Who is eligible?

To be eligible, you must have been granted one of the immigration statuses below:

  • granted a temporary form of leave (limited leave to remain, discretionary leave to remain) as the result of an asylum application or human rights application; 


  • an asylum seeker, child of an asylum seeker or an unaccompanied asylum-seeking child       

You must also:

  • have applied to King's College London for 2021 entry, and if you have received a response from King's, been given a conditional or unconditional offer*
  • by virtue of your immigration status, be unable to access Tuition Fee Loans or Maintenance Loans from Student Finance England/Wales/NI/SAAS
  • not hold an undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree, awarded in the UK and/or abroad
  • currently reside in the UK

*We accept applications from current students if they meet all the eligibility criteria, but were unaware they were not eligible for student finance at the point of application; or if they became an asylum seeker while on the course.

Course eligibility

  • All undergraduate 3 and 4-year programmes, including those with an integrated Master's or study abroad
  • Dentistry (A205) and Medicine (A100), and the Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme and Extended Medical Degree programme are not eligible for Sanctuary Scholarships.

Extra considerations

Courses which include a year abroad will only be considered if the student's immigration status will not be put at risk by studying overseas.

Please be aware that some courses will require eligibility to work in the UK to complete integral work placements. Therefore, if your course incorporates a compulsory work placement and your current immigration status does not permit work, we will be unable to award the scholarship.

How much is the scholarship?

  • Tuition fees will be paid in full for all years of the undergraduate programme
  • £12,382 per year will be paid to you as a living costs scholarship, paid in 3 termly instalments

How to apply

  1. Before applying, read this application guidance. This outlines the questions you need to answer, and the supporting evidence required to complete your application
  2. Complete this eligibility checker. This will give you guidance on whether you are eligible to apply
  3. Complete this online application form

Please note, it is not possible to save and return to your application. You therefore need to complete the application in one sitting.

Key Dates


The deadline for applications is 11.59pm 28th March 2021.

All applicants should find out the outcome of their application by 3rd June 2021.

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact the Widening Participation Department on priority-groups@kcl.ac.uk.


The College has tried to give students an early opportunity to begin their research of student funding. Although every effort has been made to ensure that information provided is both helpful to prospective candidates and accurate at the time of its publication, it is possible that some information may be outdated or superseded before the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

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