Sporting Excellence Scholarships

Scholarship award criteria

Our Sporting Excellence Scholarship Programme enables us to award up to £2,000 per year depending upon your level and frequency of competition and achievements.

University of Plymouth students studying a full-time degree level course may apply if competing at a high national and/or international level.

The level of financial support will be determined by a short-listing panel based on information and evidence provided in written applications.

Students must re-apply annually.


  • Financial support of up to £2,000 depending upon sporting performance.
  • Support from a Chartered Sport Psychologist in balancing sporting and academic endeavours.
  • Access to our Students’ Union on campus gym, strength and conditioning support, plus sports massage and injury clinic.
  • Professional support in communications and PR to create and develop a public profile.

How to apply

Our Sporting Excellence scholarships inspire and enable you to achieve your sporting and academic goals at one of the UK’s top universities.

To apply for a Sporting Excellence scholarship, please complete the application form, submitting 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,
Hepworth House,
University of Plymouth,
Drake Circus, 

Sporting Excellence Scholarship application form


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

  • 15 March (outcome will be confirmed by 15 April)
  • 1 May (outcome will be confirmed by 25 May).

Further information

Telephone: +44 1752 588000

2016-17 sporting scholars

A six-time gold medallist at the World Transplant Games and an international cliff diving champion are among the new intake of Sporting Excellence Scholars.

More than 30 students new and returning are benefiting from the scheme.

Find out more