Key information

  • Deadline for applications: Wednesday 31 May 2023
  • Study Level: Undergraduate

About this opportunity

The scholarships are open to students applying to study a three-year full time undergraduate degree in academic year 2023/24 and who do not have access to student finance.

Late applications will not be considered.

Applicants must have the ‘right to study’ in the UK included within their immigration status by the time of the Scholarship closing date.

Applicable Courses

All three year full time undergraduate courses (see exclusions below)


  • Courses with a compulsory placement year
  • Social Work
  • NHS funded courses to include Nursing, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Health Physiology, Speech and Language Therapy, Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging, Radiotherapy and Oncology, Occupational Therapy
  • All Distance Learning programmes, foundation degrees and part-time courses.


Successful applicants for the Scholarship Award will be provided with:

Tuition Fee Grant

Successful students will be offered a tuition fee-remitted (i.e. no fees) place at university for a maximum of three years or until such time as they are awarded status that entitles them to access student finance (if at all).

A Travel and Course Costs Grant

Successful students will be offered a £500 a year (per year if applicable) grant to help with travel and course costs.

Ulster University will not be able to provide any financial support for accommodation or living costs. Students should only apply if they are able to fund these costs independently during their university course.

Students will need to provide evidence of this.

How to Apply

Go to the online form and apply for an Asylum Seekers Scholarship

Eligibility criteria

To qualify, applicants must first apply to an eligible undergraduate degree programme via UCAS and receive a conditional or unconditional offer to study at Ulster University for September 2023 entry by 31 May 2023.

Please also note that you have to apply through UCAS for your university place AND to Ulster University for the Scholarship by completing the online application form.


  • Applicants must have applied for asylum in Northern Ireland before applying for a place at University and must be currently resident in Northern Ireland, to be considered for a scholarship;
  • Be a dependant of someone with discretionary or limited leave to remain as a result of an application for refugee status


  • You or your parent/guardian have submitted an asylum application and not yet received a decision from the Home Office on your application.
  • You are not eligible for mainstream UK student funding due to your immigration status i.e you are not eligible for student finance for 2023/24 academic year.
  • You must not have completed an undergraduate degree previously.
  • You must live within a commutable distance to the Ulster University campus offering the course you have applied to.
  • You must confirm that you do not require support for living expenses or accommodation.
  • You must submit an application for a place of study on a full time undergraduate course starting in academic year 2023/24 at Ulster University through UCAS by May 2023.
  • You must hold a conditional or unconditional offer OR have ‘decision pending’, status from Ulster University by May 2023. You will also be required to meet any academic and language conditions attached to your offer.

Applicants must meet these strict eligibility criteria and be in a position to verify their circumstances in order to apply.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria will not be considered for the scholarship.

Terms and conditions

  • You must be able to provide evidence that you have sought asylum in Northern Ireland and that your asylum application is under consideration by the Home Office. Students who have refugee status are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • You must return a completed scholarship application form to include documentary evidence regarding immigration status by 31 May 2023
  • Tuition fees will be waivered during on line enrolment.
  • You must register online on your programme of study before semester one commences.
  • Scholarships will be awarded for academic year 2023/24 and may not be deferred to another academic year.
  • Students must request authorisation from the Head of Admissions before making any changes to their programme of study. Where changes are made without authorisation, the scholarship may be withdrawn.
  • Your scholarship will be renewed for each year of your course providing you satisfactorily progress through to the next year of study and you maintain your registration as a full-time student and are not eligible for student finance support.
  • You must inform the Head of Admissions of any changes to your immigration status during your studies. You must consent to regular UKVI immigration history checks to verify full immigration status.
  • If you receive a notification of a change in your Asylum Status which means that you become eligible for student financial support from the UK government, you must make an application for support for the next academic year. For example, if you start a course with Asylum Status in September and are then granted Refugee Status in November, you must apply for UK government student financial support for all future academic years of the course.
  • If at any point during the application process or after you start your studies, we are informed by the Home Office that you should not be studying at University, you will no longer be eligible for the award. We will deem you withdrawn and you will be expected to leave your studies immediately.