Ukraine Conflict Sanctuary Scholarships
These scholarships will be available in the academic year 2023/24 for students from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus who are displaced and/or at risk of persecution, violence or conflict. These scholarships are open for study at all levels (Bachelors, Masters, PhD), with some scholarships prioritised for STEM subjects, in particular Mathematics and Physics.
The Scholarships will be awarded to applicants wishing to begin their studies at the University of Leicester in September 2023 who can demonstrate that they have the ability to succeed academically, but face barriers to that success.
The awards are for study on any course (except exclusions listed below) at the following levels:
- Taught Masters
A number of scholarships will be prioritised for STEM subjects, in particular for Mathematics and Physics.
Awards include a tuition fee waiver for duration of your course, plus an annual stipend of up to £9,706 per year depending on your circumstances.
- Candidates must hold an offer of a place to study full-time at the University of Leicester beginning in September 2023.
- Candidates must be normally domiciled in Ukraine, Russia or Belarus and be displaced and/or at risk of persecution, violence or conflict.
- Candidates must have one of the following immigration statuses:
- leave to enter or leave to remain granted under Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme
- leave to enter or leave to remain granted under Ukraine Family Scheme
- leave to remain granted under Ukraine Extension Scheme
- leave to remain on the grounds of 'humanitarian protection'
- refugee status
- asylum seeker status/leave to remain as the results of an asylum application or human rights application
- International student visa
- Candidates must complete the application process (as below) to be considered for the scholarship.
- Candidates must apply for the scholarship by the deadline of 11.59pm on 17 May 2023.
- Successful candidates will be notified in June 2023.
Caveats and exclusions
- The scholarship is for September 2023 entry only: the award cannot be deferred to a different intake.
- The scholarship is for Year 1 entry of a degree course at the University of Leicester.
- The scholarship cannot be used for any NHS-funded courses (e.g. Medicine MBChB).
- The scholarship cannot be used for Distance Learning, Certificate or Diploma courses.
- The scholarship cannot be used for pre-university Foundation programmes, Summer Schools, Study Abroad or Exchange programmes.
- The scholarship can only be used for full-time study.
Frequently asked questions
What are the Ukraine Conflict Sanctuary Scholarships?
These scholarships are available in the academic year 2023/24, for students from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus who are displaced and/or at risk of persecution, violence, and conflict. These scholarships are open to students at all levels (Bachelors, Masters, PhD), at the University of Leicester and three other partner universities, with some scholarships prioritised for STEM subjects, in particular Mathematics and Physics.
King’s College London is the grant holder for this fund.
Who are the University Partners in this network?
The University of Leicester is currently working with the following partners (which form the Pathway 2 Universities Network) to deliver these Ukraine Conflict Sanctuary Scholarships (which are also referred to as Pathway 2 Sanctuary Scholarships):
- King’s College London
- Newcastle University
- Open University
King’s College London is the lead coordinating partner.
What does each scholarship cover?
Each scholarship will comprise a full tuition fee waiver and a living costs bursary, for a maximum of 3 years. An additional accommodation award will be made for a limited number of scholars who need full year accommodation. The scholarship can cover:
- Home tuition fees anticipated in the region of:
- Undergraduate (Bachelors), £9,250 per annum
- Postgraduate Taught (Masters), £11,040 per annum
- Postgraduate Research (PhD), £7,050 per annum
Where required, your university may be able to supplement the award to cover the ‘fee difference’ for a limited number of students who must pay international fees.
- A living bursary that is at least equivalent to a full maintenance loan from Student Finance England, to cover living expenses. This will be in the region £8,400 - £13,022 per annum depending on your circumstances.
- An additional accommodation award for a limited number of scholars who need full year accommodation (e.g. in a university residence). The maximum additional accommodation award will be £6,978 per annum depending on circumstances.
Individual allocations will be confirmed, in writing, to each successful student upon allocation of the award.
This fund is only available for 3 years, starting September 2023, and you will need to make other arrangements for any additional year(s) of your programme if your degree includes a Year Abroad or Placement/Industry year, or if you interrupt your studies.
Who can apply to the scholarships?
The scholarships are open to those who have applied to a partner university to start a degree course in the academic year starting September 2023. The scholarship process is separate to the degree application process. You must apply for admission to a degree programme first. You can then apply for a scholarship.
Your application will be considered by the scholarships panel, if you have a conditional offer or unconditional offer to study for a degree at any of the partner universities.
If you hold an offer at another university (one that is not listed in the partner institutes above), you are not eligible for this scheme. We recommend you check your own university’s sanctuary scholarships or see Refugee Education UK for further guidance.
As part of the scholarship process, your university will undertake checks on your eligibility for the scheme (e.g. fee status, immigration, and offer conditions for admission).
Which courses are eligible for the Ukraine Conflict Sanctuary Scholarships?
All undergraduate (Bachelors), postgraduate taught (Masters) and postgraduate research (PhD) course are eligible. A number of scholarships will be prioritised for STEM subjects, in particular for Mathematics and Physics. We are not currently able to support pre-university Foundation programmes, Summer Schools, Study Abroad or Exchange programmes.
Am I eligible to apply?
Applicants must be a person normally domiciled in Ukraine, Russia or Belarus who are displaced and/or at risk of persecution, violence, or conflict. The Ukraine Conflict Sanctuary Scholarships are open to these groups to remedy the disadvantage faced by these particular groups of students in accessing higher education, following the war on Ukraine.
Is there an age limit for applicants?
There is no age limit for the scholarship.
Can I apply if I do not know what my current fee status is?
Most higher education providers in England charge two different levels of tuition fees for on campus degree courses. The Home tuition fee is lower than the International tuition fee. This is due to the way higher education is funded in England. Your fee status may also affect your eligibility for certain funding or scholarships, and sometimes for a particular course (usually where linked to National Health Service funding/places).
For further guidance see the eligibility categories provided by UKCISA (the UK Council for International Student Affairs).
Please note there may be changes to the requirements you need to meet to qualify for ‘Home’ fees under the Ukraine scheme category for years that start from August 2023 onwards. We do not know what those changes will be. We will update this information when we know (but note that it might be very close to September 2023).
Will I have to prove my current immigration status?
If you are shortlisted, we may need to discuss your immigration history and status with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). As a Higher Education Provider, we have a legal responsibility to ensure that everyone registered to study with us has the correct immigration permissions to do so. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider applications from students where their current immigration status is unclear or who do not currently hold an immigration status which allows study.
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to obtain your immigration history from UKVI via the UKVI consent form.
After the deadline for applications, we will contact UKVI who should respond to us with your immigration history and status within seven days. We will send shortlisted applicants a copy of these checks so you can respond to us if you think there are errors. You will be set a deadline to notify us of any errors. If you miss this deadline, we will assess your application based on the information received in the immigration check.
Can I still apply for a scholarship if I am eligible for Student Finance?
Yes – applications for Ukraine Conflict Sanctuary Scholarships will be considered even if you are eligible for governmental loans through Student Finance. In the event of oversubscription, priority will be given for those students who cannot access governmental loans. Your living bursary will be adjusted accordingly, based on your circumstances.
Can I still apply for a scholarship if I have not yet applied to a university?
No – applicants should apply for a university place with at least one university within the Pathway 2 University Network. You should then apply for the scholarship. If you have applied for a university course but are still awaiting an offer, please make that clear on the application form.
Can I apply if I have an asylum seeker or refugee immigration status?
Yes– if you are an asylum seeker you may also consider applying to our existing Sanctuary Scholarships (general).
Can I still apply if I have applied for other scholarships as well?
We actively encourage applicants to apply to as many sources of funding as possible. Securing alternative funding does not exclude you from applying and will not negatively impact your application. Please note down on the application form if you have applied, or have been successful in gaining another scholarship.
Can I apply to several Pathway 2 universities?
Yes – we actively encourage applicants to apply to other Pathway 2 universities. You will be asked if you have applied to another Pathway 2 university on the application form. If you are not accepted onto a degree programme at one Pathway 2 university, but are accepted at another Pathway 2 university, this will enable the panel to still consider your scholarship application.
How do I apply for the Ukraine Conflict Sanctuary Scholarship?
Eligible applicants should apply using the online application form. Please be advised that we will only accept applications via this online application form.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline will be clearly stated on the application form. We are unable to accept applications after this deadline.
Will I be able to save the online application form part way through and come back to it later?
Once you begin, you will not be able to save the online application form and return to complete it later. Therefore, please allow at least one hour to complete the form. Please have your personal statement ready before you submit this form. Please be advised that we will only accept applications via this online application form.
Can I apply on behalf of a student?
Yes, you can apply on behalf of a student. However, you will need to know some specific information about the student in order to complete the online form and get their permission. Please be advised that we will only accept applications via the online application form.
Is there an advantage to submitting my application as quickly as possible?
There is no advantage for individuals who submit their applications first, so please take your time and fill in the form carefully. We do not consider incomplete applications.
I do not have access to a computer/the internet. How can I still apply?
Our preference is that you apply using the online application form. You may be able to use a computer/the internet at your local library, college, or community centre. In exceptional circumstances we can post a hardcopy of the application form for you to fill out and return. However, the deadline for returned hard copies is the same as the online application deadline.
What happens to all the personal data that I have included on the application form?
What happens after I submit my application form?
After the deadline, applications are considered and shortlisted by each Pathway 2 university. Applicants may then be requested to evidence their current immigration status with documentation such as a Biometric Residence Permit, Home Office letters, or a solicitor's letter.
How long after my application will I hear back?
We aim to contact all candidates during the week commencing 5 June 2023 with a decision.
What should I do if my immigration status - or any of my details - change during the course of the application process?
You must notify us by emailing email@example.com immediately if any of your circumstances change during the application process, in particular in respect to your immigration status. It is also important that you update us if you change your telephone contact number or email address during the application process.