Sporting excellence scholarships

Sporting excellence scholarships

From sailing to swimming, rugby to rowing, we recognise that sporting excellence has the power to inspire. Rise to the challenge and apply for one of our sporting excellence scholarships to hit your sporting and academic targets. 

Facilities and Coaching

Access some of the country’s top sporting facilities and coaches. Study at one of the top 300 universities in the world. That's our offer.

Working in Partnership

Partnering with the Students’ Union, our teams compete across the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) system, while our sporting partnerships span the professional spectrum with links to:

Transforming Lives

Work closely with top class people and access professional facilities. A Sporting Excellence Scholarship with Plymouth University offers you an unrivalled range of opportunities. Different scholarship levels support every stage of your sporting and academic development.

Our Sporting Excellence Scholarship programme is recognised by coaches and athletes alike. Scroll down to read more about our elite scholars, and find out how we're boosting their quest for national and international honours. Be inspired by their stories to choose Plymouth as the University where you too can fulfil your dreams.


We work with experts in sports at our Students' Union to offer different levels of Sporting Excellence Scholarships to students aspiring to excel in a recognised sport, and already competing at a regional, national or international level.

Up to £1,000 if you're competing at the highest possible level regionally with national potential and working towards the development pathway within your sport.

Up to £3,000 if you're competing at a high level nationally, on the pathway to international

Up to £9,000 + 50 per cent off accommodation costs* if you're competing at national and international level, representing your country. To apply for this award you should be competing at the highest possible level without committing to sport full time.

50 per cent off accommodation costs is available at approved halls of residence within the Plymouth University campus only, contact us for details.

How to Apply

Our Sporting Excellence Scholarships inspire and enable students to achieve their sporting and academic goals at one of the UK’s top universities.

To apply for a Sporting Excellence Scholarship, please complete the application form and submit along with a sports portfolio (including media coverage and past achievements) plus a letter of support from your national governing body to:

Sporting Excellence Scholarships
External Relations
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA 


Applications for Sporting Excellence Scholarships with Plymouth University must be submitted by one of the following dates each year:

  • 15th March (outcome by 15th April) 
  • 1st May (outcome by 25th May) 
  • End of September (outcome by 25th October)

Sporting Excellence scholarships

What does the scholarship mean to you?

Learn how University of Plymouth's Sporting Excellence scholarships support and enable our students to compete at a national and international level.

Learn more about Sporting Excellence scholarships

Case study: Antony James

Find out how Team GB Olympic swimmer and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Antony balanced training for more than six hours a day with his BSc (Hons) Psychology studies.

Case study: Brett Beukeboom

Find out how Plymouth Albion and Canadian International rugby player, Brett is aiming high with his Sporting Excellence Scholarship - and why he chose the University of Plymouth to study for his BA (Hons) in History.

Case study: Lorenzo Chiavarini

Inspired by his love of the sea, find out why world and European Laser Sailor Champion Lorenzo chose Plymouth to study his BSc (Hons) in Navigation and Marine Science.

Find out more about Lorenzo Chiavarini

Case study: Jurate Scerbinskaite

Lithuanian-born Jurate started swimming when she was five years old and has competed in a host of national and international championships. Her ultimate aim is to go to the Olympics - and to achieve well in her BA (Hons) 3D Design.

What's your training schedule?

University of Plymouth Sporting Excellence scholars take part in challenging training regimes.

Find out how our scholars balance training with academic studies and why they chose Plymouth to develop both their sporting and academic endeavours.

The University of Plymouth's sports partnerships

We work closely with our partner organisations to support the University of Plymouth's Sporting Excellence scholars.

Our Sporting Excellence scholarships support and enable our students to compete at a national and international level.

Case study: Peter McCoy

Learn how we're inspiring and enabling BSc (Hons) Applied Marine Sports Science student and Team GB sailor Peter to plot a course to his sporting and academic goals.