Department of Sport

Sports scholarships

Our range of sports scholarships are aimed at providing an unrivalled level of support to the brightest and best talents in the sporting world.

As well as a reputation for academic excellence, we have a history of sporting success and are passionate about supporting promising athletes during their time at Nottingham. 

Applications for 2020/21 will close on 21 August 2020. 


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2020/21 Sports Scholar application - new students

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a sports scholarship you must:

  • be of academy, national or international standard in your sport or show strong evidence of future outstanding potential
  • successfully achieve a place on a course at The University of Nottingham or be already studying here
  • all courses are eligible, both undergraduate and postgraduate
  • home, EU and international students are all eligible for sports scholarships
  • applications are also welcomed from students in any year of study at The Unviersity of Nottingham

Priority is given to sports within the BUCS programme, Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth sports, with other sports considered on a case-by-case basis.

Please note, meeting the criteria does not guarantee you will receive a scholarship. See our Scholarship Terms and Conditions for more information.

Sports scholarship packages

We have four current sports scholarship packages as well as a range of specialist options. Please see below for details of what each package includes - please note financial awards denote the maximum award at each level and may vary.

Sports scholarship packages
 FoundationBronze Silver Gold 
Financial support (towards training and competition expenses) up to the value of   £1,000 £4,000  £8,000
UoN sports and fitness membership
Specialist strength & conditioning facilities and programme support
Physiotherapy support
Performance lifestyle and academic mentoring  
Nutritional advice  
Sports Psychology  
Anti-doping advice  
Total equivalent value £2,000 £4,500 £9,500


Specialist scholarship packages

Disability sports scholarships (all sports)

We actively encourage prospective and current students competing at an elite level within disability sport to apply for a sports scholarship at The University of Nottingham. We have a dedicated Disability Sport Officer to offer comprehensive personalised support to our disabled student athletes. 

To apply, please complete our scholar application form above.

Deng Yaping sports scholarship (table tennis and badminton)

A University of Nottingham graduate, Deng Yaping won eighteen world championships and four Olympic gold medals during her career and as one of the greatest table tennis players of all-time. Our Deng Yaping Sports Scholarship offers Chinese national table tennis and badminton players an opportunity to combine an international education, with performance sport opportunities across Europe. Scholarship opportunities are available at postgraduate, undergraduate and semester study abroad level.

Find out more about the Deng Yaping Scholarship 

International Sporting Excellence Award

In 2020 we're offering 10 scholarships of £5,000 towards tuition fees for international students with outstanding sporting ability. These are available to students from any country who are classed as overseas for fee purposes, applying for courses at any study level, specialising in any sport.

Find out more about the International Sporting Excellence Award

Nova Centurion sports scholarship (swimming and para-swimming)

In partnership with elite swimming club Nova Centurion, University of Nottingham Sport are offering seven swimming and para-swimming scholarships to University of Nottingham students. Scholarships include free access to the Nova Centurion performance swim programme, regular training in a 50m pool and Speedo kit and sponsorship worth £1500. 

To apply, please complete our scholar application form above. 

Sheila Armstrong Prize

Founded in 1979 in memory of Sheila Armstrong by her husband, Dr George Brown, Reader in University Teaching Methods, her mother, Mrs. Edith Armstrong, family and friends, the Sheila Armstrong prize awards £200 annually to an undergraduate or postgraduate students who has contributed substantially to the sporting activities of the University of Nottingham and who has displayed strength of purpose and courage.

Sheila Armstrong was a British international tennis player, a member of the Wightman Cup team and a Wimbledon junior champion. As a mature student she obtained a first class honours degree and died tragically whilst completing her PhD. 

To apply, please complete our scholar application form above. 

University of Nottingham Sport

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