Article 26 Scholarship

To help sanctuary seekers progress into higher education, we are offering five scholarships for undergraduate study each September.

Applications for 2022 are now closed. 2023 applications will open in the Autumn.

About the scholarships

Each scholarship:

  • Includes a designated member of staff to provide support, guidance and opportunities throughout your studies including regular networking meetings with other scholarship holders.
  • Covers the full cost of the tuition fees for a maximum of the normal duration of the undergraduate programme for which the applicant has been admitted, until such time as they are awarded a status that entitles them to access student finance
  • Provides £5,000 per year towards living cost expenses
  • Provides a free place in one of our Halls of Residence for scholarship students who wish to stay in University accommodation

The scholarship is not available for our Medicine, Dentistry or Architecture courses.

Eligibility criteria

The scholarships are designed to provide financial assistance to students who would be supported by the Let Us Learn campaign, and who are not eligible for UK government student financial support.

To apply for one of these scholarships, you must:

  • Have applied to the University of Manchester for a place on a course starting in September 2022 (you don’t need to have received a course offer in order to submit your application, but we will look at which applicants have been made an offer when shortlisting for the scholarship interviews)
  • Be unable to access mainstream funding (e.g. student finance loan)

Your current immigration status must also be either: 

  • Refugee status
  • Discretionary leave to remain (DLR)
  • Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
  • Humanitarian Protection (HP)
  • Awaiting a decision on application for refugee status
  • Leave as an Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Child (UASC leave)
  • Refugee status + 5 years indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
  • Refused Asylum Seeker - application for refugee status has been denied and a fresh claim is in process
  • Lived in the UK for the last half of life which was not for the principal purpose of study, and has a form of immigration permission (this can include Limited Leave to Remain (LLR))

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form. The deadline to submit your application form is Friday 4 March 2022.

Interviews will take place in April and May - we are currently reviewing whether these will be held in person or virtually, however all applicants will be able to attend virtually if they prefer.

Application timeline:

  • September 2021: UCAS applications open
  • November 2021: Applications open for the Article 26 Scholarship (after an application for an undergraduate course has been sent to UCAS)
  • 26 January 2022: UCAS deadline for the majority of undergraduate courses
  • February - June 2022: Universities make offers for their undergraduate courses
  • 4 March 2022: Deadline for Article 26 Scholarship applications
  • March / April 2022: Article 26 Scholarship applicants who hold course offers invited to interview
  • April / May 2022: Article 26 Scholarship interviews
  • 2 weeks after last interview and before 9 June 2022: Article 26 Scholarships confirmed to successful applicants
  • 9 June 2022: UCAS deadline for reply (if you received your last decision on or before 19 May)
  • 18 August 2022: A-Level results day

If you have any questions about the scholarship application process, email us at