Asylum Seekers Bursary

Please note: applications for 2019 are now 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 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 2019 (excluding clinical 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 the Application Form for Asylum Seekers Bursary 2019 with all relevant documentation by the deadline – 5pm on 31st May 2019.

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:

Chris Fawn
0151 794 5861


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

Please ensure that your application form and the documents requested are handed in to the International 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 2019, 5.00pm.

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