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Sports Bursaries




Elite Athlete Programme

Queen's Sport has launched a new Elite Athlete Programme (EAP) which will provide prospective, exceptional students a platform to achieve their sporting and academic goals.


  • A new programme to attract sporting scholars, placing academia and sporting ambition together in equal measure
  • To assist in the promotion and development of sporting academies and clubs by attracting elite athletes
  • A substantial academic mentoring programme to ensure athletes have the right environment to achieve not only in sport but long after their sporting career has finished.
  • To increase the profile of Queen's in order to attract external funding from sponsors and external donations.
  • To act as a Queen's University Ambassador when participating in Queen's recruitment initiatives throughout your time on the programme.


  • Individual academic support and mentoring
  • Financial assistance against fees and living costs
  • Campus food vouchers
  • Nutritional supplement vouchers
  • Scholarships and bursaries available through existing Queen's Sport schemes
  • Sports conditioning
  • Tutoring on request for any athlete losing out on teaching as a result of sporting commitments
  • Physiotherapy support
  • Media Training
  • Programme workshops/master classes with highly qualified personnel
  • Sports medicine/physiotherapy support
  • Contribution for representative travel and accommodation costs to national and international competitors
  • Elite strength and conditioning support
  • Sports nutrition advice
  • Free access to Queen's sport facilities
  • Individualised career advice
  • Bespoke sports clothing

Applications for the 2015 programme are now open and the closing date is Friday 27 February 2015. Further information is available at


 Queen’s Sport Bursary Awards are available to current students who have achieved a high standard in their particular sport. The scheme offers recipients a comprehensive package including

  • sports science support
  • free use of facilities
  • free gear
  • financial assistance for the costs of training at such a high level.

 These awards are designed to give top sporting individuals the best opportunity to develop their talent during their time at the University.

Applicants are expected to be competing at provincial, national and international level and will have a proven track record at junior and senior level. Recipients will contribute to the Queen's Club in a playing or coaching capacity and will use the bursary to maximise their sporting career during their time at the University.

Who is eligible?

Any registered full-time student at Queen’s University can apply for the award. If you have a proven record of achievement in your chosen sport and want to represent the University at that sport, you are eligible to apply. Competition for the awards is very high, and many applicants have reached top international representation at their sport. The application deadline is in October each year.

What is included in a Sports Bursary?

  • Free access to the University’s Physical Education Centre (PEC) training facilities 
  • Medical support
  • Sports clothing
  • Free physiotherapy treatments
  • Financial award based on merit

Ulster Bank also provide substantial financial awards for the Senior and Fresher Player of the Year for Rugby and Gaelic Football which are presented at the annual Powerade Blues Sports Dinner, which takes place each June.

Queen’s Sporting Academies – GAA/Rugby/Soccer/Rowing Scholarships

Queen's has a proud tradition of producing some of Ireland's most elite sports people. Queen’s Sport is working with various student clubs and governing bodies to introduce the concept of Sporting Academies and enhance this process. Currently there are four academies – GAA, Rugby, Soccer and Rowing.

The Academies provide a number of benefits to help student players achieve at both sporting and academic levels. Scholarships are offered to include:

  • quality coaching
  • fitness and skills testing
  • sports clothing
  • financial support
  • University accommodation
  • individual fitness and conditioning
  • free access to training facilities

Other bursaries are available in Rugby, GAA, Soccer, Rowing, Hockey and many other sports through the Academies and the Ulster Bank Sports Bursary schemes.

Online applications are only accepted from full-time students at Queen's. The deadline for applications has now closed.

To find out more about Queen's Sport Bursary Awards and Scholarships, contact Karl Oakes ( at Queen’s Sport.

Details can also be found at

For information about donating to an Academy fund, please contact:

Alumni Relations
Queen's University, Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3114