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Sanctuary Scholarship 2022-23

We are proud to announce that we will be awarding several scholarships for forced migrants in 2022. The Sanctuary Scholarships are all comprised of a full tuition fee waiver and a living cost scholarship and will be awarded through two pathways:

  • Pathway 1 is open to any undergraduate asylum seekers;

  • Pathway 2 is open to students at any levels from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus who are displaced and/or at risk of persecution, violence and conflict

Please make sure to read the detailed eligibility criteria below before applying as you might be eligible to apply for more than one pathway.

 

Sanctuary Scholarship (Pathway 1)

The Sanctuary Scholarships (Pathway 1) are available for undergraduate students and will comprise of a full tuition fee waiver and a living cost scholarship of £12,667 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.

 

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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;

or

  • 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 2022 entry, and providing 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

*Please note, 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 whilst on course. 

 

Course eligibility

  • All undergraduate 3 and 4-year programmes, including those with an integrated Masters or study abroad.

  • Dentistry (A205) and Medicine (A100) undergraduate programmes, and the Enhanced Support Dentistry Programme and Extended Medical Degree programme are not eligible for Sanctuary Scholarships.

Please note that meeting the eligibility criteria alone does not guarantee a successful outcome.

 

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 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 will therefore need to complete the application in one sitting.

 

 

Key Dates

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm 29th March 2022.

All applicants should find out the outcome of their application by 3rd June 2022.

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

 

Disclaimer

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 2022-23 academic year.

 

Sanctuary Scholarship (Pathway 2)

A new stream of 3 to 5 scholarships will be available in the academic year 2022-23, for students from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus who are displaced and/or at risk of persecution, violence and conflict.

These scholarships are open to students at all levels (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) with some scholarships prioritised for STEM subjects, in particular Maths and Physics.  King’s College London is the grant-holder for this fund.

Each scholarship will comprise of a full tuition fee waiver and a living costs bursary, for a maximum of 3 years, starting September 2022. The scholarship can cover:

a)      Home Tuition Fees anticipated in the region of:

a.       Undergraduate (Bachelors), £9,250 per annum

b.      Postgraduate Taught (Masters), £11,040 per annum

c.       Postgraduate Research (PhD), 7,050 per annum

Where required, the university will top up the donation (which covers home level tuition fees) for students who have to pay international fees.

 

b)      Living costs bursary that is at least equivalent to a full maintenance loan from Student Finance England, to cover living expenses.  This will be in the region £8,000 - £14,000 per annum depending on your circumstances. Individual allocations will be confirmed, in writing, to each successful student upon allocation of the award.

 

 

Who is eligible?

Applicants must be a person normally domiciled in Ukraine, Russia or Belarus who are displaced and/or at risk of persecution, violence or conflict.  Pathway 2 scholarships are open to these groups to remedy the disadvantage faced by these particular groups of students in accessing higher education, following the war on Ukraine.

  • Sept 2022 entry: The scholarships are currently open to those who are already holding offers to start a degree course in September 2022.  You may apply if you have a conditional offer or unconditional offer to study.

  • Jan 2023 and Sept 2023 entry: Further scholarship opportunities will be available later in the year for students starting their degrees after September 2022. 

Please note, the university will undertake checks on your eligibility for the scheme (e.g. fee status, immigration, and offer conditions for admission).

 

Course eligibility

All undergraduate (Bachelors), postgraduate taught (Masters) and postgraduate research (PhD) course are eligible.  A number of scholarships will be prioritised for STEM subjects, in particular for Maths and Physics.   We are not currently able to support pre-university Foundation programmes, Summer Schools, Study Abroad or Exchange programmes.

 

How to apply

 

1.   Before applying, read this FAQs document. You will find additional information on the eligibility and the application process.

2.    Complete this online application form.

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

 

Key dates

The deadline for applications is 5pm 3rd August 2022.

We aim to contact all candidates during the week commencing 22 August with a decision.

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact the Sanctuary Programme on Sanctuary@kcl.ac.uk.

 

Extra considerations

This fund can only cover 3 years’ of tuition fees and you will need to make other arrangements for any additional year(s) of your programme if your degree includes a Year Abroad or Placement/Industry year, or if you interrupt your studies.

 

Disclaimer

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 2022-23 academic year.

 


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