Sport Scholarships

    The scheme provides a comprehensive support package and is tailored to suit the needs of each individual athlete. Many of our graduating scholars have progressed to a professional level in their chosen sport and represented their respective countries on the global stage.

    Sports Scholarships are available to the most outstanding student athletes who show evidence of achievement at national or international level, primarily awarded to those competing in our Focus Sports.


    Sports Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and are available to undergraduate and postgraduate applicants, as well as current students. Every Sports Scholar must be a student at the University of Exeter and compete for the University in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) events.

    Emphasis is placed on awarding scholarships to athletes competing in one of our Focus Sports, however, performers from any sport recognised by the Athletic Union will be considered.

    Scholarships are only offered to students who have gained a place or normal admission to a course at the University of Exeter. No special reduction in entry criteria is offered as part of the scholarship and all offers of a place on the scheme are subject to receiving an offer at the University.


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    Sports scholarships are awarded annually and tailored to the needs of the individual. They include a cash sum for sporting expenses up to £2,000 a year for exceptional athletes.

    The amount awarded depends on your:

    • chosen sport,
    • achievements,
    • ability and potential to develop during your time at Exeter.

    A full package of support services and coaching equating to a cash equivalent upwards of £3,500 is also provided as part of each award.

    The sports scholarship scheme is funded centrally by the University High Performance Programme. However, several partners and local and national sponsors also show great generosity by financing several individual scholarships and bursaries.

    We also offer Individual High Performance Bursaries up to £500 per athlete. These bursaries may be awarded at the discretion of the High Performance Unit in conjunction with our sports specific directors and high performance sport managers. Funds may be used to help cover sporting expenses throughout the season for representative commitments and training camps. Further details are available upon request.

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