University College London (UCL) was founded in 1826 and was the first university in England that received students from all classes and offered equal rights to women students. Today, it is one of the first universities in the world, promoting multidisciplinary, innovation in research and teaching and aiming to prepare students to work towards solving real-world problems and challenges.
UCL announces a new scholarship for 2017-2018 academic year offered to asylum seekers or students wit immigrant status who can not apply for a student loan and support their high education costs. The university offers a total sum of £500 000 for supporting three years of study for candidates from the above mentioned category. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must be asylum seekers who hold an offer from the university for an undergraduate program or they must be given a limited or discretionary permission to remain in the UK. Also, students who prove they can not apply for a student loan because of their immigrant status are eligible. All candidates must prove they belong to one of the above three categories.
Selection of awarded students will be made based on their academic merit and financial need.
The Access Opportunity Scholarship consists in full tuition cover and an annual living allowance of £10,750. The scholarship will be renewed every year depending on the academic performance of the student. If the student who received the scholarship changes his asylum seeker status by being granted refugee status or humanitarian protection while studying at the university, the scholarship will be withdrawn.
Students who wish to apply for the scholarship must complete an application form and a reference form which can be downloaded from the scholarship web page. Candidates are informed to save their application form document in the following template: Firs name, last name ACCESS OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP. The application form will require information about country of origin, asylum seeking status, the undergraduate program that the student received and accepted the offer from the university, information about personal or family financial situation and also information about the academic background and academic future hopes and plans. More guidance on completing the application form can be found here.
Applicants must send all the necessary documents before 28 July 2017, 18:00 (UK hour), by email, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of the email must be similar to the application form document, including the full name and the name of the scholarship the students apply for.