How your gift can support students and researchers affected by war, political unrest or environmental crisis

Equal access to higher education is a right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, in reality, many displaced students and researchers are unable to access the life-changing opportunities that a university education and academic career can provide.

At Imperial, we recognise that there is more we can and must do to support displaced people, and to welcome their wealth of skills and experience. With your support, we are creating new scholarships and fellowships for individuals who have been forced to leave their home countries, while continuing to provide assistance to students affected by crises overseas. 


Give to Sanctuary Scholarships for displaced people

There is an urgent need for new scholarships tailored to people from displaced communities who have the ambition to study at Imperial but lack the means to take up the offer of a place. We are launching the Sanctuary Scholarship Fund to provide undergraduate and Master’s degree scholarships for forced migrants. By making a gift to the Sanctuary Scholarship Fund you can help us launch the first scholarship as early as the 2022/23 academic year and provide sustained support for additional sanctuary students over time.

Gifts to the Sanctuary Scholarship Fund will be matched pound for pound by the College, meaning that every donation will go twice as far.

To make a gift to support Sanctuary Scholarships, please donate online or contact Clare Turner, Senior International Relations Officer on +44 (0)20 7594 2895 or email


Support at-risk academics by giving to the Sanctuary Fellowship Fund

Imperial is an active participant in the Council for At-Risk Academics (Cara) Fellowship Programme, which helps academics who are at risk of imprisonment, injury or death to find temporary refuge in UK universities and research institutions. Imperial currently hosts several Cara Fellows and their families while they complete postdoctoral placements at the College, providing bursaries and other financial and practical support to fellows and their dependents. Gifts to the Sanctuary Fellowship Fund will allow us to increase the number of placements we offer and provide a welcoming environment for many more of our international peers to contribute and thrive.

Donations to support the Sanctuary Fellowship Fund will be enhanced by additional investment from the College.

To make a gift to support at-risk academics through the Sanctuary Fellowship Fund, please donate online or contact Clare Turner, Senior International Relations Officer on +44 (0)20 7594 2895 or email


Provide immediate assistance through the Student Hardship Fund

For some of our current students, war and persecution is having an immediate impact on their lives and putting their studies, and future plans, at risk. A gift to the Student Hardship Fund helps us provide immediate emergency assistance to students of all nationalities who are experiencing financial hardship for any reason, including conflict in their home countries, bereavement, illness, environmental crisis or sudden changes to housing or childcare costs. 

Make a gift to the Student Hardship Fund to provide emergency support to current students today.