Article 26 Scholarship

Applications for 2021 have now closed. Applications for entry in September 2022 will open this autumn. 

Please read the information below on how to make an application to the Article 26 Scholarship. 

We are offering five scholarships for undergraduate study commencing in September 202; we typically receive three times as many applications as we have places. These scholarships are intended to help sanctuary seekers progress into higher education.

The 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 £5000 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 scholarships are designed to support sanctuary students who are not eligible for UK government student financial support. 

The scholarship does not include the following courses: Medicine, Dentistry or Architecture.

For Postgraduate scholarship opportunities please visit:


Eligibility criteria

Before making an application for the Article 26 Sanctuary Scholarship please ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria as follows. You:

  • have applied to the University of Manchester for a place on a course starting in September 2021. 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;
  • are unable to access mainstream funding, e.g. student finance loan;

and your current immigration can be described as one of the following: 

  • 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)            


The University’s Sanctuary Scholarships are intended to provide financial assistance to students who would be supported by the Let us Learn campaign 

To submit an application please complete the application form after reading the guidance notes. Interviews will take place in April; we are currently reviewing whether these will be held in person or virtually. However, the offer of attending virtually will be open to all applicants if this is their preference.


Application timeline

8 September 2020

Applications can be sent to UCAS from this date.


November 2020

Applications can be sent to The University of Manchester (UoM) for the Article 26 Scholarship (after an application for an undergraduate course has been sent to UCAS).


29 January 2021

UCAS Deadline for the majority of undergraduate courses.


from February to June 2021

Universities make offers for their undergraduate courses.


5 March 2021

Deadline for The University of Manchester Article 26 Scholarships.


March/April 2021

Article 26 Scholarship applicants who hold course offers will be invited to interview.


April 2021

Article 26 Scholarship interviews take place.


End of April 2021

Article 26 Scholarships will be confirmed to successful applicants.


10 June 2021

UCAS deadline for reply if you received all decisions by 20 May 2021.


24 August 2021

A level results day.



For information about applying to The University of Manchester please visit

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact 


Useful additional information

For information about the scholarships offered to sanctuary seekers by other universities in the UK, please visit

For general information about applying to higher education, please visit and