Asylum Seekers Bursary

Applications for the Asylum Seeker Bursary 2018 are now closed.

The University of Liverpool are pleased to offer tuition fee and maintenance support for two undergraduate students who have sought asylum in the UK, so they can succeed in higher education. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition and provide up to £3,000 per year to support the costs of study e.g. equipment, books and travel.

These awards are for applicants applying for undergraduate programmes only, excluding programmes in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences and Veterinary Science.


To be considered for our Asylum Seekers Bursary you must:

  • be an asylum seeker in the UK, a dependant of someone seeking asylum, or have temporary status such as discretionary leave or limited leave to remain in the UK, or be the dependent of someone with such status
  • have applied for asylum in the UK before you applied for a place at University
  • be unable to access mainstream funding, e.g. funding from the Student Loans Company or local authority grants
  • hold a current offer from the University of Liverpool for a full time undergraduate course starting in September 2018 (excluding programmes in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences and Veterinary Science)
  • have made Liverpool’s offer your first (Firm) choice through UCAS
  • not already hold a degree or equivalent higher level qualification
  • currently attend a school, college, community or voluntary group who will provide a reference in support of your application. Priority may be given to applicants who have been educated in the local area (Merseyside)
  • submit a complete Asylum Seekers Bursary application form with all relevant documentation by the deadline – 31st May 2018

To support your application

  1. You will need to provide a supporting statement from a referee to complete your application. The referee must provide their contact details and they must confirm that the school, college, community or voluntary group that they represent wishes to support your application. The supporting statement should be no longer than 750 words and should answer the following questions:
    • What are the applicant's personal and financial circumstances and what barriers have they overcome to continue their education?
    • How well suited is the applicant to the higher education course they plan to take and how realistic are the student's ambitions?
    • What contribution, to your knowledge, has the student made to college life and/or their community?
    • How do you think the student would benefit from the support offered by the University of Liverpool?
    • Is there any other information that you believe is relevant to the student's application?

You must provide the documentation that you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum claim. 



If you have questions about the awards: 
0151 794 5861


Money Advice and Guidance Team
Student Services Centre
University of Liverpool
Alsop Building
Brownlow Hill
L3 5TX 

Please ensure that your application form and the documents requested are handed in to the Money Advice and Guidance Team in the Student Services Centre, or emailed to us at or posted to the address above. 

This must reach us by the closing date of 31st May 2018.

Final decisions on bursary applications will be taken by a panel.