Bursaries & Scholarships

The University of Aberdeen’s Development Trust Sports Bursary Scheme

The University of Aberdeen’s Development Trust Sports Bursary Scheme is funded each year by the Development Trust through fundraising, the support of business, and alumni of the university. A Sports Bursary award is made on a one year renewable basis, and is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Around 10-20 sports bursaries will normally be available. The number and scale of awards will depend on the availability of funding and will reflect the relative standard of the applications each year.

Bursaries will normally be awarded in one of four categories:

  • Gold: up to a maximum of a £1000 cash award, plus a bursar package
  • Silver: up to a maximum of a £500 cash award, plus a bursar package
  • Bronze: up to a maximum of a £250 cash award, plus a bursar package
  • Bursar: access to some or all elements of the bursary programme, without a cash award

Bursar package: this package itself is worth several hundred pounds and includes; gym membership at Aberdeen Sports Village, strength and conditioning support, physiotherapy, seminars, yoga sessions, and exclusive sports bursar clothing. Where appropriate, university staff may also be a point of contact for elite sports performers applying for academic flexibility.

Sports: applicants performing at a high standard from any sport are encouraged to apply, however students from athletics, swimming, and rowing will be particularly welcomed. In recent years our bursar supported sports have included trampolining, shooting, hockey and rugby, as well as rowing, athletics & swimming.

Criteria: all applicants need to demonstrate and clearly evidence their sporting performance during the current or most recent season. Evidence may vary by sport. For example, in athletics, your Power of 10 ranking and athlete profile could be used. In other sports, performance against for example, a qualifying standard for the BUCS championships could be used as a benchmark. Applicants from those involved in team sports will be expected to differentiate their individual performance, and to demonstrate representative honours and/or a realistic expectation of playing at national league level or above. In all cases, some form of evidence is required.

Closing Date for Applications: 17 Sep 2018

For full details including application dates please see the Sport and Exercise website: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sportandexercise/performance/bursaries/

Scholarships

Currently there are two Sports Scholarships available for students commencing an undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen in September 2018. 

Closing Date for Applications: 19 May 2018

Quita Shivas Athletics Scholarship

This scholarship is valued at £1,500 per annum for the duration of their undergraduate degree (i.e. either £6,000 or £7,500 in total depending on length of degree).  It will be awarded to a student studying any undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen.  The student must be an athlete from track and field and must originate from the City of Aberdeen or Aberdeenshire, either by birth or upbringing. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, sporting potential and personal characteristics.

The Quita Shivas Athletics Scholarship also grants access to the University of Aberdeen’s Development Trust Sports Bursary Scheme. This package itself is worth several hundred pounds and includes; gym membership at Aberdeen Sports Village, strength and conditioning support, physiotherapy, seminars, yoga sessions, and exclusive sports bursar clothing. Where appropriate, university staff may also be a point of contact for elite sports performers applying for academic flexibility.

Saltire Scholarship

The scholarship is valued at £1,000 per annum for the duration of their undergraduate degree (i.e. £4,000 in total).  It will be awarded on the basis of commitment to sport and academic merit.  Students must be commencing either the BSc Sports and Exercise Science degree or BSc Exercise and Health Science degree.

For further information on our scholarships including an application forms and guidelines, please go to https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/entrance-scholarships.