Sports scholarships

Type of Award: Scholarship
Year of Entry: 2024/25
Value: Up to £500 bronze | up to £2000 silver | up to £5000 gold
Study Level: Undergraduate, Postgraduate taught

Overview

If you are an athlete we can offer opportunities for you to be supported with your aspiration of maintaining your playing career whilst also studying for a high-quality degree.

Our panel will consider applicants as part of the admissions cycle and will offer support to those they feel will make a valuable contribution to our sporting objectives. To be eligible, you must be studying on a full or part-time undergraduate or postgraduate course in the academic year 2023-24; part-time students will be awarded on a pro rata basis. We invite applications from talented individuals who are competing at a high level within their sport, as long as it is a British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) sport BUCS Sports or para sport BUCS Para Sport (i.e. a sport at which universities compete), however, we prioritise scholarships in line with our 6 focal sports – Basketball, Netball, Golf, Rugby League, Table Tennis and Women’s Football.

Awards

Gold level award

Up to £5,000 cash support.
Plus, a support package worth approx. £2,000:

  • Free sports facility membership
  • Free club membership
  • Gold kit package
  • Up to 20 free sessions of physiotherapy/sports therapy
  • Group based Strength and Conditioning sessions plus up to 3 individual sessions based on need
  • Group based session in Lifestyle, Nutrition and Psychology support sessions, with Up to 5 individual sessions in these services based on need
  • Dual career flexibility (academic flexibility around performance needs)

Silver level award

Up to £2,000 cash support.
Plus, a support package worth over £1,000:

  • Free sports facility membership
  • Free club membership
  • Silver kit package
  • Up to 15 free sessions of physiotherapy/sports therapy
  • Group based Strength and Conditioning sessions
  • Group Lifestyle, Nutrition and Psychology support sessions
  • Dual career flexibility (academic flexibility around performance needs)

Bronze level award

Up to £500 cash support.
Plus, a support package worth approx. £750:

  • Free sports facility membership
  • Free club membership
  • Bronze kit package
  • Up to 10 free sessions of physiotherapy/sports therapy
  • Group Strength and Conditioning sessions
  • Group Lifestyle, Nutrition and Psychology support sessions
  • Dual career flexibility (academic flexibility around performance needs)

How to apply

We invite applications from talented individuals who are competing at a high level within their sport, as long as it is a British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) sport BUCS Sports or para sport BUCS Para Sport (i.e. a sport at which universities compete). The criteria upon which these scholarships are considered are below.

All applicants are required to evidence how they meet the following criteria (on a separate form) – these criteria are primarily UK-based and are indicative of the levels rather than being definitive due to variations by sport. It is not expected that players will necessarily meet all the criteria at any one level. Therefore, it is important that players use evidence in support of their application to indicate their ‘level’ of current performance (i.e. within the last 12 months) and their playing career to date. 

Due to the high demand of the sports scholarship programme and limited places available, it is highly recommended that applications are submitted as soon as you have received an offer from the University. If the application is received before 14th April 2024 decisions should be made no later than 26th April 2024. The panel meet frequently to assess applications and provide timely decisions. The selection process is competitive; meeting the criteria is not a guarantee of being awarded a Scholarship. If there are places still available after this initial deadline the application process will remain open.