Rewarding your sporting talents

Meet our sport scholars Apply now

If you’re a high-performing athlete and on a regional, national or international sports programme, you can apply for one of our sports scholarships  designed to provide you with the funding to take your sporting abilities to the next level.

If you are successful in securing a sports scholarship, you can also be rest assured that it won’t need to be re-paid during your studies or once you graduate.

Available for up to £5,000, our sports scholarships can be put towards coaching, equipment, kit and travel costs, competition entry fees and SportBU support services. These include gym membership, chiropractic treatment, sports massage therapy and strength and conditioning training – testament to our commitment to helping you perform at the highest level.

Important information: scholarships are reviewed on a regular basis and BU reserves the right to withdraw, amend or introduce new scholarships at any time. Scholarships are offered subject to funding and availability. 

Visit our fees and funding pages to find out more about scholarships.

Our criteria

To be successful in applying for a sports scholarship, you must demonstrate excellence in your chosen sport, and be part of a regional, national or international squad (and already competing at that level).

As part of the selection process, you will also be required to attend a trial during which will you will be assessed by our Performance Sports coach.

Athletes receiving a scholarship will ideally represent BU in British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) as well as themselves and/or their club at regional, national or international level. Individual athletes will also need to be competitive with top performers within the BUCS programme.

Read Issa’s story

Issa Batrane

BU graduate and British Beach Volleyball player on his sports scholarship

The financial support I received as a sports scholar enabled me to get to more international competitions and training camps and I began to compete against some of the best players from around the world.

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Sports scholar stories

Sports scholar stories

Read the stories of our sports scholars. Some detail their sporting journeys so far, while others are a first-hand account of a particular event or competition.

Trial and Taster Sessions

Trial and Taster Sessions

If you think you have what it takes to become a Performance Sport athlete, you will need to try out for Team BU. Find out how to register and when our trials take place

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About Performance Sport

If you’re a talented athlete with a competitive spirit, our Performance Sport programme is an opportunity for you excel in your sport while you study with us.