Warm Welcome Scholarship Scheme information for UK Higher Education Providers

UK Higher Education Providers are invited to precise their curiosity in collaborating within the Warm Welcome Scholarship Scheme: a brand new scheme to assist eligible people within the UK with hyperlinks to Afghanistan to entry greater training. 

The Division for Education (DfE) is working in partnership with the British Council because the UK-wide supply accomplice for the scheme. 

A top level view of the Warm Welcome Scholarship Scheme is offered on this webpage. Additional info for HEPs will likely be launched shortly.  

HEPs focused on discovering out extra in regards to the scheme are invited to hitch a web based Q&A info session for HEPs on Friday 29 April 2022. The periods will likely be held on MS Groups. Signal-up for one of many periods through the hyperlinks under:

Choice 1: Friday 29 April, 10.00 (BST) 

Choice 2: Friday 29 April, 15.00 (BST) 

HEPs may also register their curiosity within the programme and to obtain electronic mail updates through the hyperlink under.

 Register for electronic mail updates

Warm Welcome Scholarship Scheme background and context

The UK Authorities introduced ‘Operation Warm Welcome’ on 1 September 2021 to assist these who’ve been relocated to the UK through Operation Pitting to entry the very important well being, training, and assist into employment they should absolutely combine into society.   

As a part of this assist bundle, a Division for Education-funded Warm Welcome Scholarship Scheme has been established to assist these affected to entry undergraduate and postgraduate college locations within the UK.  

The Warm Welcome Scheme goals to satisfy the wants of various teams with hyperlinks to Afghanistan within the UK, to assist them to rebuild their lives, discover work, pursue training, and combine with their native communities by way of scholarships offering entry to greater training. 

The scheme will goal eligible people for whom an undergraduate or postgraduate diploma will assist rebuild their lives and use their abilities to totally contribute to life within the UK or the place desired, to assist an eventual return to Afghanistan.  

Abstract of the scheme supply 

The Warm Welcome Scholarship Scheme will run for a single cohort and can present funding to students at some stage in their programs (for a most of three years, or 4 years for undergraduates in Scotland). 

Full diploma scholarships will likely be awarded in line with the earlier educational advantage and/or skilled abilities of candidates.   

Moreover, the scheme will assist college students with hyperlinks to Afghanistan already finding out within the UK, however who’re going through monetary difficulties because of the scenario in Afghanistan. This funding will likely be accessible on a first-come-first-served foundation. 

The scheme is co-funded with the sector, whereby collaborating universities should conform to waive tuition charges and DfE gives the funding for a upkeep stipend to students at some stage in their course.  

Scheme particulars 

Warm Welcome Scholarships will assist eligible students to undertake full-time in-person examine at UK HEPs on the following three ranges of examine: 

  • Undergraduate: for a most of three years, or 4 years in Scotland 
  • Taught grasp’s: for a most of 1 12 months 
  • PhD: for a most of three years 

There are two separate programmes within the scheme:

i. In-Yr Scholarships 

A most of 100 scholarships will likely be awarded to eligible students who’re at present finding out within the UK. The scholarships will present some funding for the present educational 12 months and can proceed till the course of examine has been accomplished. 

The In-Yr Scholarship awards will likely be break up throughout the three ranges of examine.

ii. Full Diploma Scholarships 

Round 200 scholarships will likely be awarded to eligible students who will start their research in September/October 2022. The awards will fund students till the tip of their course (inside the most durations offered above). 

A complete cap on all scholarship awards has been set at 300, which will likely be allotted to make sure a good stability throughout all instructional ranges.  

A scholar who’s in receipt of an In-Yr scholarship is not going to be eligible for funding from a Full Diploma Scholarship. 

Scholar eligibility 

Eligible students for the programme are these eligible for a UK college place and who fall into one of many following classes:

  1. Afghanistan Relocations and Help Coverage (ARAP) resettlement route
  2. Afghanistan Residents Resettlement Scheme (ACRS) resettlement route
  3. These with hyperlinks to Afghanistan who’re already registered at a UK college and are experiencing monetary hardship and/or can’t return residence because of the scenario in Afghanistan
  4. Afghan British Nationals (ABNs), described for these functions as those who had been evacuated throughout Operation Pitting and who entered bridging lodging or who introduced as homeless to a council, however maintain British citizenship or another standing that lets them stay and reside within the UK with out the have to be granted depart to stay.   

Prioritised programmes of examine 

Students will be capable to select any programme of examine. Nevertheless, for the brand new Scholarship programme, purposes will likely be prioritised (however not restricted) to the next record of topics, that are related to good outcomes for college kids by way of employability and earnings potential, and/or goal abilities shortages within the UK. Really useful topics to prioritise:

  • Agriculture, meals and associated research 
  • Common, utilized and forensic sciences
  • Well being and social care
  • Education and educating
  • Biosciences
  • Supplies and know-how
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Computing 
  • Engineering 
  • Chemistry 
  • Pharmacology, toxicology and pharmacy 
  • Physics and astronomy 
  • Medical sciences
  • Allied well being
  • Nursing and midwifery 

Necessities for collaborating HEPs 


The monetary contribution required from HEPs is as follows:

In-Yr Scholarships 

  • HEPs have to be ready to proceed to assist eligible students by way of to the tip of their course of examine with out making use of any situations on their potential to pay tuition prices. 
  • HEPs might select what number of students they want to sponsor on the level of their allocation for an award. Awards will likely be really helpful on the idea of the order of receiving accomplished purposes. HEPs might not prioritise awards on the idea of general course length. 

Full Diploma Scholarships 

  • HEPs have to be ready to waive tuition and different course prices for students at some stage in their research. 
  • HEPs might supply scholarship awards in simply one of many three ranges of examine, in any two ranges, or in all three ranges.  

There isn’t any minimal variety of awards mounted on the present time, however HEPs are requested to contemplate waiving no less than six years of examine (ot no less than three years within the case of small specialist HEPs).

The next cohorts are instructed as examples, however not restricted to: 

  • At the least two PhD locations 
  • At the least three taught grasp’s locations plus no less than one among both a PhD or an undergraduate place 
  • At the least two undergraduate locations 

When finalising their presents for the scheme, HEPs might counsel various mixes. Nevertheless, we’re eager to make sure that inside the supply from every HEP, the accessible awards should not all targeting funding for one-year taught grasp’s, so that the scheme achieves its targets to offer alternatives in any respect ranges of examine. 

Non-financial contributions from HEPs 

Different areas of assist which might be required from HEPs are as follows: 

  • Assist and steerage to eligible students of their alternative and number of applicable programs from amongst the accessible choices at every HEP
  • Verify and make sure monetary eligibility of in-year students
  • Affirm immigration standing for brand spanking new scholarship purposes 
  • Analysis of purposes obtained from eligible students, making presents and short-listing of most popular candidates as ‘sponsored’ candidates previous to their analysis
  • Overview of provisional allocations of scholarships previous to last affirmation
  • Designation of 1 member of employees who would be the contact level with the programme administration group
  • Administration of scholar stipend funds at quarterly intervals (see under) and reporting on scholar progress 
  • Being the principle level of contact for his or her sponsored candidates and eventual allotted students to tell of their success in making use of
  • Acceptable well-being assist for students all through their research.

Scholarship funds 

HEPs will:

  • Be accountable for administering stipend funds to students. Students will likely be paid quarterly prematurely
  • Obtain the funds for his or her scholar stipends prematurely from the British Council
  • Be accountable for informing the British Council of any students who depart their course of examine prematurely. They may amend their requests for future funding accordingly and will likely be anticipated to make all cheap efforts to recuperate any overpaidfunds if students abandon their research prematurely. 


Deliberate key scheme milestones

Promotion and affirmation of participation 
25 April – 6 Could 2022 HEPs assist the communication of the scheme to present students HEPs assist with communication of the scheme to present students eligible for In-Yr scholarships.
HEPs affirm their participation for the Full Diploma scholarship programme, together with numbers of scholarship locations that they will assist. 
In-Yr Scholarships 
9 – 20 Could 2022  Software interval for In-Yr Scholarship
23 Could – 3 June 2022  In-year scholarships confirmed with HEPs. HEPs signal agreements to verify funding and obtain fee of In-Yr scholar stipends. 
By 25 June 2022 In-Yr students obtain first stipend fee from HEP (backdated to utility date) 
Full Diploma Scholarships 
From 9 Could – 11 June 2022  Eligible candidates apply to HEPs 
13 – 25 June 2022 HEPs affirm presents to students and choose to ‘sponsor’ those who they’d be blissful to see awarded a scholarship
27 June – 8 July 2022 ‘Sponsored’ students submit utility to British Council 
25 July – 13 August 2022 Full Diploma scholarships allotted and confirmed with HEPs 
15 – 31 August 2022 HEPs signal agreements to verify funding for students and obtain stipend funds for first interval
From 5 September 2022 Full Diploma students obtain first stipend fee from HEPs

Subsequent steps 

Please register to obtain electronic mail updates and to hitch one of many on-line Q&A periods (hyperlinks on the high of this webpage).

To assist programme planning, we’ll quickly ask for expressions of curiosity from HEPs together with indicative numbers of scholarships that they will assist. This info ought to solely be submitted by one designated contact at every establishment. We’ll ask for this info in early Could. 

By 6 Could, HEPs will likely be requested to submit expressions of curiosity to take part within the scheme, together with indications of the variety of scholarship locations that they will supply for brand spanking new Scholarships in opposition to every stage of examine. 


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