Life-changing opportunity for a talented refugee student

Thursday 28 September

Balliol students on matriculation day (photo: Rob Judges)

Balliol College is delighted to invite applications for its so-called ‘refugee scholarship’: the Balliol Students’ Scholarship, which intends to support a student ordinarily resident in the UK with either refugee status or leave to remain in the UK on the grounds of humanitarian protection in studying for an undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford commencing October 2018.

The Scholarship aims to provide a talented undergraduate with a fully funded opportunity to study for a degree without disruption, so that they can achieve their full academic potential: it covers full tuition fees and a full maintenance award, sufficient to cover accommodation, food and other living costs.

Established in 2017 by the JCR and MCR Committees in conjunction with the College, it was made possible by the generosity of current Balliol students and Balliol’s Governing Body, with over 80% of the student body committing to support the scholarship with a regular gift of £4 a term. The money raised has been matched by Old Members around the world, whose regular gifts to Balliol’s undesignated and Student Support funds are used to provide significant additional funding for the Scholarship. We are extremely grateful to all the students, Old Members and friends who have come together to help make this scholarship a reality.

‘Oxford has been, and continues to be, a life-changing experience for many students here; and the students would like nothing more than to have enabled a scholar to come to Oxford and be enriched by everything it offers, from serious debates to a supportive and intellectually stimulating community of people from many different cultures,’ says Hubert Au, President of Balliol’s JCR.

Those wishing to apply must first complete a Balliol College ‘Expression of Interest’ form, in order to signal to the College your wish to apply for the Scholarship. This will also make you eligible for funding assistance for the application process if required. A full university application must then be submitted through the UCAS system by 15 October 2017. For full information about the scholarship, what it covers and who is eligible, please see the ‘further details’ on this page.

With the deadline of 15 October fast approaching, we ask all Balliol people with an interest in seeing a refugee student benefit from this life-changing opportunity to share this link on social media (or retweet the notice from @BalliolOxford) and to draw it to the attention of schools and other relevant organisations.