Sanctuary Scholarship for People Seeking Asylum and Refugees with Temporary Protection UGCE1411

University of New South Wales
July 31, 2024
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Sanctuary Scholarship for People Seeking Asylum and Refugees with Temporary Protection


High School Leaver
Indigenous Australians
Minimum Value
available for Duration of program (minimum)
For commencement Term 3 2024

The Sanctuary Scholarship for People Seeking Asylum and Refugees with Temporary Protection has been established to support talented students who are asylum seekers or refugees on temporary visas with the opportunity to pursue tertiary education at UNSW.

Students who are asylum seekers or refugees on temporary visas with a genuine interest and passion to undertake studies at UNSW are strongly encouraged to apply for this Scholarship.

The Scholarship will comprise of:

  • A full tuition fee scholarship paid directly towards tuition fees for the minimum duration of program*
  • A $5,000 per annum stipend paid fortnightly over the calendar year
  • On-campus UNSW Accommodation (where accommodation is identified as a barrier to studying at UNSW) to a maximum value of $25,000 per annum paid directly to an approved UNSW Accommodation provider
    • If the recipient does not choose to stay at on-campus accommodation, their stipend will instead be increased to a maximum of $10,000 per annum

*Excludes non-tuition additional costs associated with the degree such as flight training and the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).


To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be commencing an eligible UNSW coursework degree program in Term 3 2024*; and,
  • Be an asylum seeker or refugee currently holding** one of the following visas:
    • Temporary Protection Visa (Subclass 785)
    • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (Subclass 790)
    • Bridging Visa***
    • Temporary Humanitarian Concern Visa (Subclass 786)
    • Humanitarian Stay (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 449)

*Students may submit an application if they have applied to UNSW for a coursework degree program commencing in Term 3 2024 (via UAC or direct to UNSW at and have not yet received an offer of admission. However, an offer for this scholarship will only be made once an unconditional offer of admission has been issued.

**The eligible visa must be 'in effect' by the application deadline.

***Applicants holding a bridging visa, will also need to submit a letter or relevant documentation from a recognised organisation supporting their status as a refugee or asylum seeker, and must ensure they have Australian study rights whilst holding that visa.

To enable UNSW to verify that the applicant holds one of the specified visas, the applicant must include in their application a copy of their current passport, or the travel documentation used to enter Australia. Accordingly, a copy of one of the following documents must be provided:

  • Passport
  • Immicard
  • Titre de Voyage
  • PLO56 (M56)
  • Document For Travel To Australia (DFTTA)

Documentation and visa status will be checked using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service. Please contact UNSW Scholarships if you are unsure about the documentation requirements.


Each applicant will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate:

  • Academic merit
  • Aptitude and commitment to studies at UNSW

Applicants must provide evidence supporting the above criteria in the online application. Please refer to the Scholarship Application Supporting Documents for a detailed list of examples.

To support their application, applicants should submit a personal statement with their supporting documentation. The personal statement should outline the applicant's individual circumstances, highlighting any obstacles or challenges faced by the applicant in accessing education opportunities as an asylum seeker or refugee. Personal statements should not exceed 500 words in length and must be included in the supporting document file attached to the application.

If you need any assistance in applying, please contact UNSW Scholarships.

Please note that any unanswered application questions or claims without the required supporting documentation will not be assessed. Late applications / supporting documentation will not be accepted.


Interviews are not required for this Scholarship.

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