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We have up to 60 Elite Sports Scholars at any one time but there is no 'fixed' quantity that we intake each year. Applicants who meet the criteria for admission will be shortlisted and interviewed. Final decisions on the award of Elite Sports Scholarships are the responsibility of the interviewing panel.

Athletics, GAA, Hockey, Rowing, Rugby Soccer and Swimming  are our priority sports. We also have a Modern Pentathlete,  a Paralympian Table-Tennis player,  two Canoeists,  three showjumpers, and an eventer.   However, applications from other sports are welcome and will be given full consideration.

We have a total of 65 athletes in the programme.

Yes, of course, but we encourage good lines of communication with our own staff to ensure athlete welfare throughout your time at UCD.

The Ad Astra Elite Sports Scholarship is open to those who compete at the highest level in their sport. All athletes in the Academy compete at international level. In the case of GAA, they compete at inter-county level.

Unique features to membership of the Ad Astra Elite Sports Academy are the dedicated Strength and Nutritional support, the provision of physiotherapy if required, physiological testing, academic mentoring, and in addition, points derogation (if required) for admission to UCD.