University provision

Local, national, regional and international initiatives with which members of staff at St Andrews are involved.

Scholars at Risk

At a recent Academic Council, the University has undertaken to be a host to Scholars at Risk in the right circumstances. You can find more information about the process of nominating a scholar to host on the IIE Scholar Rescue Fund site. If you are interested in hosting a scholar, you must contact Rebecca Sweetman ([email protected]), the Chair of the University of St Andrews Refugee and Forced Migration Network in advance of any other contacts being made.

STEPS (St Andrews Education for Palestine – Scholarship scheme)

Busa Cochrane-Muir, Trustee; Dr Gilbert Ramsay, Trustee.

STEPS is a Scottish charity (SCO 42518) established in 2011.  The aim is specifically to support gifted Palestinian students deprived of higher education opportunities in their own country.  The financial support provided includes travel from and return to their homeland, accommodation and a monthly maintenance allowance.  Students can apply for a STEPS scholarship after being offered a firm place by the University in the subject of their choice.  Past students have come to St Andrews from the Occupied Territories including Ramallah, the Jenin refugee camp, from Lebanon refugee camp and Gaza.  The STEPS trustees do everything in their power to ensure that students, especially from Gaza where it is particularly difficult to leave even with all the necessary paperwork and arrive in time for the start of their course. STEPS is administered by dedicated unpaid trustees who have the responsibility to raise sufficient funds through grants and through individual donations either by a monthly standing order commitment or a one-off donation.

Global Young Academy At-Risk Scholars Initiative

Dr Martin Dominik, School of Physics and Astronomy, Mentor.


The University of St Andrews has supported graduate students to study at the University through the CARA program. Packages of support were put together collaboratively in the University, including fee waivers, English language support from ELT, accommodation support from RBS, and bursaries for living expenses and lab expenses from the Schools.

ABC Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships such as the ABC Scholarship have a ‘preference for refugee’ applicants. When available, the ABC scholarship is advertised under Undergraduate scholarships along with other needs based bursaries and scholarships designed to help students support themselves during their time at University.


As part of our Erasmus+ programme, we are allocated licences for students to test and improve their language skills. We are allowed to use some of our licences as a free means of providing English language training to refugees.

St Andrews Sanctuary Scholarship
2020 entry

St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, and to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone in our community. The University is pleased to launch a new Sanctuary Scholarship, specifically designed to support undergraduate and postgraduate applicants who are seeking sanctuary in the UK.

Young Academy of Scotland: At-Risk Academics and Refugees Initiative