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Asylum Seekers Opportunity Award

Asylum seekers and the children of asylum seekers are often unable to access mainstream UK student funding. We are making available two awards to help eligible students.


Our Opportunity Award covers the cost of tuition fees and provides a non-repayable grant of £4,000 per year to support living costs. Each year the award is given to two undergraduate students holding an unconditional or conditional offer to study at Cardiff University. We accept applications from those who are either asylum seekers or children of asylum seekers living in the UK.

Please note that students studying Healthcare Sciences, Dentistry or Medicine are not eligible for this award. NHS courses are also not covered by the Opportunity Award but you can apply to the Schwab Westheimer Trust for support.

If your asylum application is granted, funding may become available via Student Finance. The Opportunity Award will therefore cease to apply.

Amount awarded

Two awards are available. They will cover the cost of tuition and provide a non-repayable grant of £4,000 per year to support your living costs. You will also meet with, and receive support from, an adviser who can help you transition into Higher Education.

Find out more

Applications are now open for the academic year of 22/23 and will close on the 13th June 2022 . For more details about this award and the application process, please contact the dedicated contact Lena Smith.