Fully-funded Asylum Seeker Cardiff Met Sanctuary Award at Cardiff Metropolitan University in United Kingdom 2023

Written by catherine.caoile on April 29, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Bachelor's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    , Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel and visa costs, Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Cardiff Metropolitan University
    Llandaff Campus, Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB.
    Tel: 029 2041 6070

The application is now open for the Cardiff Met Sanctuary Award at Cardiff Metropolitan University for eligible Asylum seekers who want to pursue their higher education for the academic year of 2022-2023 in the United Kingdom.

In 2018, Cardiff Metropolitan University became the first university in Wales to be recognized as a University of Sanctuary. It is the result of the university’s commitment to provide a friendly, safe environment for people with illegal migration status and to provide opportunities and support to enable forced migrants to have equal access to higher education.

The university proudly offers scholars the Sanctuary Award from 2017. It includes a complete exemption from fees for each year of the course, including financial support with significant living costs. This year, the following scholars will be available for the academic year beginning in September 2022. The award will be offered to two undergraduate degree students and two postgraduate degree students for the academic year 2022-2023.

Cardiff Metropolitan University is committed to supporting and providing equal opportunities for people seeking refuge in the UK and encouraging them to reach their full potential and ambition.

Asylum Seeker Important Information on Scholarship Award 

It is common practice for universities to classify asylum seekers as foreign students as tuition fees due to their temporary stay. However, to make higher education cheaper, Cardiff Metropolitan University is pleased to confirm those asylum seekers who have not accepted or received any scholarship awards will be charged the same fees as local students instead of higher international student costs.

Scholarship Provider: Cardiff Metropolitan University

About the Provider 

The university’s history dates back to 1865 when the School of Art was first opened at Cardiff’s Old Free Library. Since it became a university, they have remained entrenched in Wales as the university delivers and focuses on internships and focus on training students from around the world. The university vision inspires their commitment to research, education, and innovation in collaboration with the students, government, companies, and industry and with visible benefits for the community, individuals, and economy.

The university strives for each student to fulfill their potential, to be a unique benefit for themselves and future generations at the graduation level. Cardiff participates in research that is at the interface of creating new knowledge and its applications.

In 2021, Cardiff Metropolitan University received the most prestigious University of the Year degree from Times Higher Education. It tracks the number of achievements, including the Welsh University of the Year name according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, the UK’s second-highest ranking in The Complete University Guide 2022, and the highest institutional ranking in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Their global academies build and create on their successes and combine their research expertise to develop international interdisciplinary and effective approaches to some of the entrenched challenges that affect every individual locally and internationally. By combining the strengths in education, innovation, and research the university strives to improve the community which is based on cooperation and compassion.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Academic Year: 2022-2023
  • Applicant’s Nationality: International
  • Degree Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
  • Field: Any eligible field available for the undergraduate and postgraduate degree at the university
  • Duration: NA
  • Number of Awards: 4
  • Scholarship Award: Fully funded tuition fee, financial support, and living expenses
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Offered Annually: Yes
  • Scholarship Country: United Kingdom


To be considered for the scholarship, the students must meet the eligibility of the award.

  • Must be an Asylum seeker.
  • Must have been granted the discretionary leave on Humanitarian Protection.
  • Classified as a refugee.
  • A partner/dependent associated with an asylum application in the United Kingdom.
  • Must have good communication skills in oral and written English.
  • Must be showing interest to fulfill their higher education and their goals.
  • Must have an unconditional or conditional offer from the university to enter the commencement period for September 2022 entry.
  • Currently attending college or university, voluntary group or communities that can provide you with recommendations in support of your application.
  • Live within a reasonable distance so that you can easily travel to the university.
  • Don’t need accommodation and more living expenses.

All interested applicants must meet the criteria to be able to proceed through the application process, failing to meet the eligibility will be automatically rejected by the scholarship panel.

However, applications from all categories are welcome, with priority given to applicants who are not eligible for Student Finance. In general, refugees and people with humanitarian protection are often entitled to student funding.

Application Process 

The students that meet the eligibility criteria of the scholarship must be holding a conditional and unconditional offer to pursue their studies at Cardiff University. If you have not yet applied to a university, please visit the Study Cardiff Metropolitan University – Study Cardiff website and submit your application.

Required Documents 

As part of the application process for the scholarship, the students are required to submit supporting documents.

  • Offer Letter
  • Application Form
  • Reference
  • And other related documents which include their immigration status.

Scholarship Benefits 

For the academic year of 2022-2023, the university will be providing the following to two undergraduate and two postgraduate students. Each scholarship will include the following:

  • Full funded waiver for the student’s tuition fee.
  • Assistance towards their travels locally going to the university.
  • Food allowance
  • Personal support or mentorship to better overcome their situation and achieve their goals in life.

Applications from any category are very welcome. If more strong applications are accepted, priority will be given to applicants who are not eligible to apply for student funding. In general, refugees and people with humanitarian protection are often entitled to student funding.

If applicants submit a strong application but no scholarships are awarded, these conditions may allow them to receive a scholarship of up to £2000 per year of study. Applicants will be notified when they are selected for this scholarship.

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until July 4, 2022.

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