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The pursuit of excellence is part of the mission of UCD.  All three scholarship programmes 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. 


Benefits of the sports scholarship programme may include:

  • Access to the UCD High Performance Centre
  • Free pool membership
  • Access to on-campus accommodation
  • Tuition fees
  • Books
  • Equipment
  • Sport medicine and testing facilities
  • Reduced physiotherapy costs
  • Travel to national and international competitions
  • Academic support

The value and benefits of each sport 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.

Opening & Closing Dates:

-The Ad Astra applications open in early November and close on the 31st of January.  (See link)

-The UCD Sports Scholarships opens on the 1st of February each year and close on the 31st of March. The -Online application forms are available by following this link: UCD Sports Scholarship Application

-The Graduate Sports Scholarships open on the 1st of July and closes on the 31st of July. The UCD Sport Graduate Sports Scholarship with courses available exclusively at UCD College of Science, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD Centre for Sports Studies and the School of Education will open on the 1st of July 2016 and will close on the 31st of July 2016. (See link) UCD Sport Post Graduate Scholarship 

Contact Information:

Further information on UCD Sports Scholarships is available at or you can contact Georgina Dwyer, UCD Sports Information Office on 01 7162183 or email

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, Masters or the Diploma in Sport & Exercise Management. Scholarship awards are subject to renewal on an annual basis. 


Online Sport Scholarship Application Form