UCL Scholarships and funding


UCL Access Opportunity Scholarship

The purpose of the Access Opportunity Scholarship is to support those, who because of their immigration status are not able to secure student loans for their higher education.

Key information

Value: Full tuition fees and allowance for study costs for the duration of the programme. Two scholarships are available. 
Available to: Prospective students
Selection criteria: Personal & financial circumstances and residency status 
Eligible programmes: All undergraduate degree programmes
Deadline: Friday 17 May 2024


Applicants should:

  • Hold an offer of admission to UCL to study a full-time undergraduate degree for 2024/25 intake and;
  • Be asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who are seeking asylum in the UK or forced migrants who are based in the UK and have been granted a temporary form of leave as the result of an asylum application or human rights application (e.g. limited leave to remain, discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian
    protection) and;
  • Be unable to access student finance (tuition fee or maintenance loan) because of their immigration status.

Value, benefits, and duration

The scholarship will consist of tuition fees and an allowance of £12,000 pa for the normal duration of your programme at UCL.  Please note the allowance may be reduced if your leave status has restrictions on what additional support you can receive. 

Annual renewal of the scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progress.


We will consider your personal & financial circumstances and residency status.  You will need to demonstrate these in your application.

How to apply

The deadline for the Access Opportunity scholarship is: Friday 17 May 2024.

The application form and guidance notes can be downloaded below

Completed applications and supporting documentations should be emailed to studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk


Successful candidates will be informed by late August 2024.

External Funding

Below are details of other funding options which may be of interest. If you have any questions about these scholarships you can email Refugee Education UK on advice@reuk.org

The Westheimer Scholarship (for an undergraduate degree in social work, medicine, nursing, or related health or social care professions)

The Claus and Mary Moser Scholarship (for an undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification in engineering or accounting)

The Ralph N Emanuel Scholarship  (for an undergraduate degree with a clear humanitarian purpose)

The Jane Goodman Scholarship (for an undergraduate degree in Dentistry)

You can see details of more scholarships on the Student Action for Refugees website.