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University of Sanctuary Scholarship

2020-21 entry

The University of Sanctuary Scholarship is available to new Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Masters students taking up a place to study in 2020-21, who have UK Asylum status or Discretionary/Limited Leave to Remain as a result of an asylum application, and those with Humanitarian Protection, as result of an asylum application or through a dependants claim.

The scholarship includes:

  • A full fee waiver on a one-year Postgraduate Taught Masters programme
  • £10,000 to support living and study costs


Immigration status

Eligibility will be based on the following permissions being granted by the Home Office and alignment with UNHCR guidelines:

  • a refugee (subject to obtaining an appropriate permissions), or
  • granted Refugee or Humanitarian Protection status, or
  • discretionary Leave to Remain, or
  • Limited Leave to Remain following an asylum application, individually or through a dependent’s claim, or
  • be seeking asylum within the UK.

Application for study

All applicants must have received a conditional or unconditional offer to study an eligible PGT programme at the University of Essex before you can apply for the Sanctuary Scholarship

Eligible Postgraduate Taught programmes

There are two streams of the scholarship: (i) one-year Human Rights PGT Masters programmes and (ii) all other one-year PGT Masters programmes. One scholarship will be awarded for each of the streams. See further detail below:

Stream 1: Human rights programmes, including:

  • LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • LLM International Human Rights Law
  • LLM International Human Rights Law (Economic Relations
  • LLM International Humanitarian Law
  • MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights
  • MA/MSc Migration Studies
  • MA Refugee Care

Stream 2: All other one-year PGT Masters programmes, excluding the Human Rights programmes listed in stream 1.

Full details

How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship you need to:

  • Meet the eligibility in relation to your immigration status
  • Have received an offer to study on the relevant PGT programme
  • Have submitted your application for the Sanctuary Scholarship before the published deadline.

Apply for the Sanctuary Scholarship by completing the application form and send to

The deadline for applications will close on Wednesday 29 July 2020 at midnight (GMT).