We work in partnership with The Archdeacon of Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral) under the Article 26 Project to enable those seeking asylum to progress to higher education.

Applications are open from 1 April - 30 June

  • Tuition fee support: Successful students will be offered a tuition fee waiver until such time as they are awarded status that entitles them to access statutory student support. The fee waiver will not extend to repeat years of study.
  • Study and travel support: Successful students will be offered an annual bursary totalling £1,000 to assist with study and travel expenses. Canterbury Christ Church University and The Archdeacon of Canterbury’s Office both contribute to this bursary. The bursary is not means‐tested and is paid directly into the student’s bank account in three termly instalments (Term 1 = £250; Term 2 = £250; Term 3 = £500). The bursary will not be paid for repeat years of study.
  • Personal support: Support will be developed for each student to enable them to identify and overcome barriers to achievement on their degree course.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be:

  • an asylum seeker/a dependant of an asylum seeker;


  • an asylum seeker/a dependant of an asylum seeker who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status


  • have firmly accepted an offer of a full-time undergraduate place at Canterbury Christ Church University (please note Postgraduate applicants are ineligible)
  • currently attending a school, college, community or voluntary group which can provide a reference in support of your application
  • unable to access statutory student support
  • do not require support to fund accommodation.

Applicants have to agree to keep the Immigration Compliance department of the University updated on their immigration status at all times. As soon as they receive a decision from the Home Office, they must provide the University with a copy of the documents, whether it is a positive or negative decision. The University may not be able to keep a failed asylum seeker who has exhausted their appeal rights within the University.

Applicants must meet these strict eligibility criteria and be in a position to verify their circumstances in order to apply. Application is a competitive process and only a limited number of scholarships can be awarded each year.

  • Following initial assessment, the University will contact you to let you know whether or not your application will progress to the next stage of the selection process.
  • If your application is taken forward, you will be invited to an interview to verify the information you have provided in your application.
  • If you are successful in being offered an award, you will be informed within 10 working days of your interview.

How to apply

Applications are now open. Please click here to complete the application form. 


Applications are open from 1 April - 30 June. 

If you have any questions about whether or not you should apply for an award please email our Student Support and Wellbeing Advisers or call us on 01227 9222675.

The University is unable to provide any financial support for accommodation. Students should only apply if they are able to support these costs themselves for the full duration of their University course.