Asylum Seekers Bursary

Applications for 2021 are closed.

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

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

*The value of the bursary awarded will be dependent upon individual circumstances.


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 been granted Humanitarian Protection, leave as a stateless person, or Limited Leave to Remain in the UK, or be a dependant or partner of someone with leave on these grounds
  • 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 conditional or unconditional offer from the University of Liverpool for a full time undergraduate course starting in September 2021 (excluding clinical programmes in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Health Sciences and Veterinary Science)
  • 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)

To support your application

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 award please contact:

John Moffatt – International Advice and Guidance

Ben Toleman – Widening Participation and Outreach

Deonne Hill – Widening Participation and Outreach


Submitting your application


Please email your application form and the documents requested to:
In the subject line of your email please write the following words: ‘Bursary Application’
If you do not receive an email to acknowledge your bursary application within 1 week of submission, please get in touch to check that we have received your application.

Closing Date

Applications are currently closed.


Final decisions on bursary applications will be taken by a panel comprised of representatives from the following:
• Admissions
• Faculty of Science and Engineering
• Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
• Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
• International Advice and Guidance
• The Liverpool Guild of Students
• Widening Participation and Outreach

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their Asylum Seeker Bursary application before the end of June 2021.

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