Oxford Brookes Sanctuary Scholarship

  • This scholarship is for individuals seeking asylum and those who have a form of protection from an asylum claim, who are not able to access government student finance.

    In 2020/21 entry there will be two scholarships available which will include:

    • A full fee waiver (you do not need to pay fees)
    • A cash bursary of £4,000
    • Financial support equivalent to £8,000 towards accommodation. Those living in halls of residence will automatically receive this support; those in private accommodation will be required to provide proof of living costs as detailed in the terms and conditions of the scholarship.
    • Guaranteed accommodation in University halls of residence for 52 weeks per year

    The scholarship will apply for each year of study.

  • Students with the following immigration statuses who meet the relevant course entry requirements and are not in receipt of, or eligible for government student finance support, are eligible to apply:

    • Asylum seeker
    • Unaccompanied asylum seeking child 
    • Limited leave to remain (as a result of an asylum application)
    • Discretionary leave to remain (as a result of an asylum application)
    • Humanitarian protection (as a result of an asylum application)
    • The family member of someone with one of the immigration statuses listed above with ‘in line’ or ‘dependent’ status.

    The scholarship will be open to students who are in receipt of an offer (or awaiting a decision) for a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course, including foundation year courses. Courses taught at Partner Colleges are not eligible.

    Applications for the 2020 Scholarship are now closed. We hope to run the scholarship for 2021/2022, details will be published when available.
    1. This is a competitive process and not all applications will be successful.
    2. Applicants must not be in receipt of or eligible for government student finance support (ie loans)
    3. Applicants must be studying a full-time undergraduate or taught postgraduate course, including foundation year courses. Courses taught at Partner Colleges are not eligible.
    4. Scholarships will be provided for the normal duration of the student’s study and will be renewed annually. Should students withdraw or suspend their studies any future payments will be suspended.
    5. Applications will only be considered if they are accompanied by a Referee Supporting Statement that is signed, dated and on letter headed paper.
    6. Applicants will be required to provide evidence of your current immigration status with documentation such as a Biometric Residence Permit, Home Office letters or a solicitor’s letter. If you are unsure about your current immigration status please speak to your solicitor or to your family members if you are listed as a dependent on a family member’s immigration application.
    7. If you are successful in receiving the scholarship, you must notify the University immediately if your circumstances change before or during your course or programme of study, in particular in respect to your immigration status.
    8. If your immigration status changes and you become eligible for government student finance any future payments will be suspended.
    9. Recipients of the Sanctuary Scholarship are not eligible for any other Brookes Bursaries or Scholarships except the Brookes Engage Scholarship, the Community Scholarship or the Santander Scholarship.
    10. Guaranteed accommodation in University halls of residence is available for 52 weeks per year, if required, however please note that depending on the halls allocated you will have to move halls for at least 2 weeks.
    11. Financial support equivalent to £8,000 towards accommodation. Those living in halls of residence will automatically receive this support; those in private accommodation will be required to provide proof of living costs by providing a copy of their tenancy agreement to finance.

    We provide all our students with a  wide range of services dedicated to helping you stay both physically and mentally healthy. Our services include:

    • Counselling
    • Disability services
    • Mutlifaith Chaplaincy
    • Dyslexia/SpLD services

    If you successfully receive a scholarship, you will also have a named contact to support you throughout the course of your study. 

    Scholars will also receive additional support from the Centre for Academic Development. In addition to the regular service available to all students (bookable one-to-one learning development; academic English modules) Scholars would be offered:

    • A named contact in the department

    • Three, one hour one-to-ones with the named contact over the first few weeks of Semester 1. 

      1. Welcome, study survival guide, assessment of needs.
      2. Familiarisation with Google suite and Moodle. Time planning to meet the demands of the semester ahead.
      3. Planning for the specific demands of the coming assignments.
    • If relevant, one hour with an Academic English tutor to assess need, plan how the student can develop their academic English, and guide them regarding Academic English modules.

    • The option to request an Academic English tutor for a one-to-one if needed.

    • Priority booking for appointments.


    At Oxford Brookes we want to ensure that all students with the potential to succeed have equality of access. If you are applying for undergraduate study with the immigration status of ‘refugee’ or ‘humanitarian protection or similar’ you will be eligible for our contextual offer which is a grade reduction of up to three grades below the standard entry requirements. Please see our  contextual admissions page for more details.