UCD’s wide range of degree courses coupled with top class sporting facilities attract students with outstanding sporting ability. The university offers support to such students through two schemes - the UCD Ad Astra Elite Athlete programme and UCD Sports Scholarships . These scholarships enable students to achieve their full potential by helping them optimise their academic, training and competition commitments, and are open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

UCD Ad Astra Elite Athletes

The Ad Astra Academy is an initiative designed to recognise and nurture exceptional students in academia, sports and the performing arts. 

The UCD Ad Astra Elite Athlete programme supports students who are competing and succeeding at the highest sporting levels. Ad Astra Elite Athletes regularly represent Ireland on the international stage including at the London 2012 Olympics.

Scholars benefit from a scholarship, mentoring, a range of tailored supports.

Prospective students must apply before January 31st of the year of entry. Full details, including how to apply, can be found at

UCD Sports Scholars

The aim of the UCD Sports Scholarship programme is to give talented students the opportunity of developing their sporting career by offering the highest standards in coaching, training, nutrition, strength and conditioning advice, while they are studying for a degree in UCD.

Recipients have the potential to compete at the highest national level, and above, in a particular sport. The value of each scholarship is assessed on an individual basis and may be used to off-set costs such as accommodation, books, fees and travel to competitions etc.

Application forms and further information available from

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Terms and conditions apply. The value, number and benefits of scholarships may vary from year to year.

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