University of Derby
University of Derby


University of Derby Ranking



University of Derby Location

Central England

University of Derby


University Ranking




Central England


Sports Scholarship
Scholarship Name Sports Scholarship
Academic Year 2021
Nationality Any
Scholarship Deadline 31 July 2021

Attracting talent

The University of Derby is a sporting hub for talented athletes and coaches. We have a track record of improving the performance of our University sports clubs and we have created an infrastructure to provide support for talented athletes.

With a significant investment in high-class facilities, such as the Sports Centre and Human Performance Unit, sport science expertise and performance level coaches, we are attracting more and more talented performers. We are committed to supporting Clean Sport in the UK and we have published our Clean Sport commitment.

The Sports Scholarship programme aims to help our talented athletes realise their sporting potential and support them through their academic studies. Our athletes can access an impressive package of support tailored towards their needs, delivered by our experienced and qualified team. Two of the Universities most recent successful sports scholars are Charlie Tanfield (World Champion and Commonwealth Cycling gold medallist) and Jack Burnell (European Open Water silver medallist 2016 and Olympian 2016).

Team Derby has seven performance teams, men’s and women’s badminton, men’s basketball, men's football, track cycling and men’s and women’s volleyball, however, athletes competing in all BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) events are eligible to apply. Applications are now open.

The Sports Scholarships cater for student athletes competing at a high county level up to senior internationals and studying an undergraduate, postgraduate or online degree. 

The University has recently gained Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme Delivery Site status (TDS) and joins a community of institutions committed to providing student athletes with dual career opportunities.

Award level

Sports profile

Academic course support

Expected athlete profile

Performance Team Sports Scholar

Badminton, Cycling, Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Football

Up to £6,000 fee subsidy

High-performing athlete: requires evidence of a high national/regional ranking, national league exposure or equivalent overseas

Individual and Team Sport Scholar

All BUCS sports outside the performance team programme

Up to £6,000 fee subsidy

Level 1: Senior International, representing GB at world championship level in the last 12 months.
Level 2: Senior National or Junior International level.
Level 3: Junior National level

Talented Athlete Award

All BUCS sports outside the performance team programme

Support Services

Athlete selected onto a regional NGB programme or evidence of competing within a county first team or high senior county ranking or equivalent overseas


  • 1 January 2021 - application process opens for September 2021 starters. Please apply as soon as possible. An email will be sent to confirm your application has been received
  • 31 July 2021 - undergraduate and postgraduate deadline for all scholarship applications
  • 1 August to 31 August 2021 - Clearing scholarship applications
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