Sports Scholarships

Applications for 2023/2024 are now open as of 01 February 2023, and will close Friday 31 March 2023.


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 and flexibility. 

The value and benefits of each sports 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.

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 or Masters. Scholarship awards are subject to renewal on an annual basis.

A full breakdown of the award criteria can be found here: UCD Sports Scholarship Award Criteria

Further Information

UCD Sport, 
University College Dublin, 
Belfield, Dublin 4. 
Tel. 01 716 2183 or visit

"A Football Scholarship in UCD allows you to do two things: play football at the highest level in Ireland and study in one of the best universities in Ireland. In order to succeed in both you need to be organized and efficient with your time. UCD is the perfect environment for this as the club works with the university to offer flexibility around lectures and exams. UCD offers a range of excellent facilities such as a gym, swimming pool, libraries all at walking distance. It’s the perfect platform to allow you to work hard and progress in both domains."  

Neil Farrugia; 1st team player, U19 Irish International, 2016/2017 FAI Schools International Player of the Year