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Our scholarships include a wide range of support services that enable athletes to successfully train, compete and study in a performance environment. 

With financial support and a comprehensive support service package, including strength & conditioning and rehabilitation services, the scholarship programme can be tailored to your needs.

The scholarships range from a value of £1,000 to £4,000 and are open to all St Mary’s students, regardless of year or programme of study:


Gold scholarship

Value: up to £4,000

This scholarship package includes:

  • Up to £3,000 financial support
  • Free gym membership to the St Mary’s Fitness and Conditioning Suite
  • Access to St Mary's services including:
    • Strength and conditioning services
    • Student massage clinic
    • Nutrition and psychology support from MSc students
    • Performance lifestyle support services
  • Sport Scholar Kit

We are looking for student athletes who have the ability to compete at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, typically those that have already represented their country at senior international level.

We will also consider applications from student athletes in a non-Olympic sport, providing they compete at a comparable level and in a British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) sport.

As with all St Mary’s sport scholarships, meeting the above minimum criteria does not guarantee the award of a scholarship.


Silver scholarship

Value: up to £2,500

This scholarship package includes:

  • Up to £1,500 financial support
  • Free gym membership to the St Mary’s Fitness and Conditioning Suite
  • Access to St Mary's services including:
    • Strength and conditioning services
    • Student massage clinic
    • Nutrition and psychology support from MSc students
    • Performance lifestyle support services
  • Sport Scholar Kit

We are looking for student athletes who are typically competing at a minimum of junior national/international level or equivalent who are able to demonstrate how they can significantly contribute to success for St Mary’s in BUCS competitions.

Please note: athletes must be committed to, and eligible to represent St Mary’s in BUCS competitions and events. Please see below for a list of eligible sports.

As with all St Mary’s sport scholarships, meeting the above minimum criteria does not guarantee the award of a scholarship.

  • Archery*
  • Athletics  (including Duathlon & Triathlon)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing*
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Climbing
  • Cricket (Men’s)
  • Cycling*
  • Equestrian*
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Gaelic Football (Men's)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics*
  • Hockey
  • Korfball
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts*
  • Modern Biathlon/Pentathlon
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Pool
  • Rifle shooting*
  • Rowing*
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Sailing*
  • Squash
  • Snooker
  • Snowsports*
  • Surfing*
  • Swimming*
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining*
  • Ultimate
  • Volleyball 
  • Water Polo
  • Windsurfing*

*Please note that BUCS do not offer certain disciplines/events within this sport.

Applicants within these sports should be aware that their favoured event may not be featured within BUCS competitions and as such they may not be eligible for this scholarship. Visit the BUCS website  for more information about the competitions and events offered.


Bronze scholarship

Value: up to £1,000

This scholarship package includes:

  • Free gym membership to the St Mary’s Fitness and Conditioning Suite
  • Access to St Mary's services including:
    • Strength and conditioning services
    • Student massage clinic
    • Nutrition and psychology support from MSc students
    • Performance lifestyle support services
  • Sport Scholar Kit

We are looking for student athletes who are either:

  • Currently competing at a minimum of county or regional level and can commit to competing in BUCS competitions
    Currently competing at a minimum of junior national level in a non-BUCS or non-Olympic sport

As with all St Mary’s sport scholarships, meeting the above minimum criteria does not guarantee the award of a scholarship.


Timeline and applications

The timeline for scholarship applications for 2020/21 is as the below. Please note this timeline is subject to change at any time.

Sport scholarship application deadlines (2020/21)
Application roundProspective student deadlineContinuing student deadline
First round of applications 15th April 31st May
Second round of applications* 31st May 31st August
Third round of applications* 31st August 15th September
Fourth round of applications* 15th September N/A

*As we have a limited number of scholarships available, any applications submitted after the first round of applications are subject to funding and scholarship availability. As such we would encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.

We will endeavour to update all applicants within four weeks of the relevant round of applications closing as to the status of their application and will only accept one application per student per academic year.

Applications for 2020/21 are now closed. For more information, or to express an interest in 2021/22 scholarships, please contact Gareth Crewe, Sport Development Manager, at gareth.crewe@stmarys.ac.uk.