The University of Nottingham in the UK is inviting applications for Article 26 Scholarship for students seeking asylum in the 2021/2022 academic session.
Students who are seeking asylum in the UK may not be eligible for home funding and therefore face a significant barrier to obtaining a University education.
Article 26 was a project of the Helena Kennedy Foundation set up to help address this issue. In support of this project The University of Nottingham is offering one award consisting of the full international undergraduate fee plus £500 per year towards living costs to the successful applicant. This award is funded through the generosity of the Revis Bequest Fund.
To apply you must have submitted, or be a dependant** of someone who has submitted, an asylum application before you applied to the University through UCAS and you must be able to demonstrate that you applied for asylum on arrival in the UK and before an application to study was made to the University. OR you must be someone or a dependant* of someone who has been granted discretionary leave as a result of an asylum claim.
Worth of Award
- one award consisting of the full international undergraduate fee plus £500 per year towards living costs
For this scheme, you must meet the following criteria at the point your application is made. You must:
- Have submitted, or be a dependant* of someone who has submitted, an asylum application before you applied to the University through UCAS and you must be able to demonstrate that you applied for asylum on arrival in the UK and before an application to study was made to the University. OR you must be someone or a dependant* of someone who has been granted discretionary leave as a result of an asylum claim.
* Spouses/civil partners must have been the spouse/civil partner on the date which the asylum application was made. Children/step-children must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made.
- Provide documentation you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum or human rights claim with your scholarship award application.
- Attend or have attended a school, college, community or voluntary group or have a social worker in the UK who can provide a reference in support of your application.
- Not hold a previous undergraduate degree or degree equivalent qualification.
- Be unable to access Student Finance/government support for your course due to residency status.
- Hold a current offer from or be hoping to attend the University of Nottingham UK Campus to start year one of a full time three or four-year undergraduate course with a maximum tuition fee in 2021/22 of £23,760. Courses for which NHS funding is available and courses with foundation years are not eligible.
- Have sufficient funds to support your living costs for the duration of your studies (supplemented by the £500 per year contribution this award would provide).
- Agree that you will contact the Funding and Financial Support team should your immigration/funding situation change and accept that should you access government support during your course all support from this fund will cease.
How to Apply
Please submit a short (around 500 words) personal statement which addresses the following areas:
- Your personal and family circumstances and any barriers you have had to overcome in order to pursue/continue your education. You should focus your statement on your current status within the UK, including the status of your application for asylum. You do not need to provide any details of events which led to your seeking asylum, unless you wish to.
- Why you have chosen to study at The University of Nottingham and why you have chosen your course of study. Describe your ambitions and how the award would help you achieve these.
- Your financial circumstances, including how you have funded your education so far and how you plan to fund your living costs while at University.
- What additional support you might need to succeed at University.
Deadline: The closing date for submitting this form is June 30, 2021.