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Sanctuary Scholarship 2019-20

Kings College London is proud to announce that we will be awarding up to six scholarships for forced migrants in 2019-20. These will comprise of a full tuition fee waiver plus a living costs scholarship of £11,672 per year of study.

King’s College London is committed to supporting talented undergraduate students who have sought sanctuary in the UK. 

Successful applicants will receive either a Sanctuary Scholarships 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.

Who is eligible?

Eligible students must be:

  • Offer-holders who have been granted a temporary form of leave as the result of an asylum application or human rights application (e.g. limited leave to remain, discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection); OR
  • Asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who are seeking asylum in the UK and are holding an offer for an undergraduate place at King’s College London.
  • You must also, by virtue of your immigration status, be unable to access the Tuition Fee Loan or Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England. In order to qualify, you must be able to prove your status under one of the above categories.
  • Applicants can be holding an offer on any eligible undergraduate programme, however some programmes will require eligibility to work in the UK to complete integral work placements. Unfortunately we will be unable to accept applicants onto these programmes if they do not have the necessary immigration permissions to work.


How much is the scholarship?

  • Tuition fees will be paid in full for all eligible years of the undergraduate programme (up to 4 years if undertaking a foundation programme, integrated Masters or Study Abroad)
  • £11,672 per year will be paid to you as a living costs scholarship, paid in 3 termly instalments.


How to apply

Once you are holding an offer for King’s you should complete the Sanctuary Scholarship application form for financial support.  You will need to provide evidence of your immigration status and a supportive statement from a referee*, please see application form and policy document for more information.

*This is would be a professional person who can provide details of your academic, personal and immigration status

Short listed applicants will be invited for an interview before a final decision is made.  The deadline for applications is 29 March 2019

Please be aware that some courses will require eligibility to work in the UK to complete integral work placements. Unfortunately we will be unable to accept applicants onto these courses if they do not have the necessary immigration permissions to work.


 Scholarship Details
Sanctuary Scholarships Sanctuary Scholarships are provided by King’s College London as part of its commitment to support talented students who are forced migrants to the UK.
Jesus the Light Scholarships The supporter of the Jesus the Light Sanctuary Scholarships 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, 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. 


Additional support

The Student Advice Service can provide immigration and funding advice to any students who have sought sanctuary in the UK and unsure of their entitlement to statutory funding.  Applicants are encouraged to speak to Student Advice in the first instance about their personal circumstances.

Ifyou have queries about the application process, please contact the Student Funding Office: email funding@kcl.ac.uk  

Please note that scholarship recipients are expected to meet with the Specialist Student Advisor throughout their time at King’s as we provide ongoing support.

Please also visit our Information for forced migrant students webpages.



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 2019-20 academic year.

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