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Sanctuary Scholarships

The University of Exeter is part of the University of Sanctuary network, a UK-wide initiative aiming to ensure that universities foster a culture of welcome and inclusion for asylum seekers and refugees. 

The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able to access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.

The war in my country broke my career and spirit. Sanctuary scholarship helped me rebuild my career and gave me hope for future by enabling me to pursue a PhD degree. The scholarship improved my circumstances and diverted me from the trauma I experienced during the war. The scholarship provided me with a unique and unprecedented opportunity which is preparing me for a career in the increasingly important and rapidly expanding field. Having completed a Masters in Genomic Medicine, I was supported and recommended by the programme lead Anna Murray and therefore the process of applying for this scholarship was straightforward.

Anonymous feedback from a Sanctuary Scholar studying for a PhD at the College of Medicine and Health

One of the real pleasures of teaching on our postgraduate programmes comes from the diverse student population. Group learning is enriched by having students from different backgrounds and experience learning from and with each other.

Professor Anna Murray, Associate Professor of Human Genetics, College of Medicine and Health