University College Dublin Sports Scholarships, Ireland

Deadline: 30 April 2013 (for general sport application, soccer and rugby) 28 June 2013 (for GAA – Gaelic Games application)
Open to: persons of outstanding sporting ability wanting to study at University College Dublin
Scholarship: varies on an individual basis, but can include on-campus accommodation, tuition fees, books, equipment,sport medicine facilities, travel to national and international competitions, and academic support


The pursuit of excellence is part of the mission of University College Dublin. In sport, support for talented sportsmen and women in UCD is delivered at two levels, the long established Sports Scholarship programme and the Ad Astra Elite Athlete Scholarship. The Sports Scholarship programme and the Ad Astra Elite Athlete Scholarship are for students who wish to compete and succeed at the highest sporting levels while simultaneously attaining a degree at UCD.

The aim of the UCD Sports Scholarship programme is to give talented young people the opportunity of developing their sporting career by offering the highest standards in coaching, training, nutrition, strength and conditioning advice, while also completing their chosen course of study. By combining sports participation with academic work in an ideal environment within the University, a safety net is provided for the student and career prospects are, to a large extent, guaranteed. Therefore, career-threatening injuries or illness or some other unforeseen circumstances do not have the same traumatic impact. The individual is encouraged through judicious balancing of the time available to ensure that neither academic nor sporting interests are compromised.


  • Access to the UCD High Performance Centre
  • Access to on-campus accommodation
  • Tuition fees
  • Books
  • Equipment
  • Sport medicine facilities
  • Travel to national and international competitions
  • Academic support

The value and benefits of each sports scholarship is assessed on an individual basis. The assessments are conducted by UCD Sport and the relevant UCD club.


There are several important criteria, which must be met – academic qualification for a course must be achieved and the recipient of a scholarship must be prepared to commit him/herself to involvement in the respective UCD sports club. The scholarship student must represent UCD and only UCD in competition. Clubs, which offer scholarships compete at a very high level and have to possess the necessary infrastructural components to facilitate a scholarship award. A satisfactory level of academic and sporting progress is essential, if the scholarship is to be renewed on an annual basis.

Sports Scholarships are intended for persons of outstanding sporting ability.


Students wishing to apply for a scholarship in Gaelic Football, Ladies Gaelic Football, Camogie, Hurling, Rugby, Men’s Soccer and Women’s Soccer can obtain an application form by downloading the sports specific form:

In the case of other scholarship sports, the “General Sport” application form HERE should be completed BY 30 APRIL 2013. Applicants must attach a passport photo and include two written references relating to their sport (e.g. from their Sports Coach, Manager or P.E. Teacher). Applicants are encouraged to provide any extra information that they believe will support their application. Mail your application to the address written within the application form.

When a sports scholarship application is received, it is passed on to the respective club for processing. Candidates may be shortlisted and invited to attend for interview and / or trial. Final decisions in regard to sports scholarship awards usually rest with the clubs concerned.

Please note that a sports scholarship can only be awarded where a student has applied for and gained a place on any UCD degree programme or the Diploma in Sport & Exercise Management.


For questions, contact the Sports Information Office at University College Dublin by phone at +353 1 716 2183 or by email at [email protected]. See the official website HERE for more information.

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