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Sport Scholarship


Our Sport Scholarship provides direct support to talented sportspeople who choose to study at ARU.

Scholarships are available to students competing in our performance sports of basketball and volleyball – in exceptional circumstances, we will also consider applications from those participating in individual sports and competing at the highest levels. All sport scholars enjoy free access to our campus fitness centres in Cambridge and Chelmsford.


There are two levels of scholarship, ranging from £1,400 up to £12,500 per year.

Podium level

Offered to students who are of an international standard and can successfully compete at the highest level of university sport and above, this scholarship is worth up to £12,500 per year. It is given as a full or partial fee waiver.

You’ll also benefit from individualised strength and conditioning sessions, sport therapy, sports performance workshops, and fees, travel and accommodation for agreed competitions.

Elite level

We offer scholarships of £1,400 per year to cover performance-related costs for students who compete at regional or national level. It is given as a cash bursary.

You’ll also benefit from strength and conditioning sessions, sports performance workshops, and travel and accommodation for agreed competitions.


Our Sport Scholarship covers the normal, full-time duration of your degree course. Eligibility is conditional on continuing satisfactory academic progress.


To be eligible for our Sport Scholarship you should:

  • meet the entry requirements for your chosen course
  • be a UK, EU or international student
  • be studying an undergraduate or postgraduate taught course at our Cambridge, Chelmsford or ARU Peterborough campuses
  • be competing at regional or national level to qualify for our Elite Level scholarship
  • be competing at national or international level to qualify for our Podium Level scholarship
  • be able to demonstrate that you’ll have a significant impact on the performance of the sports team you join at ARU (if applicable) and/or on BUCS points.

Foundation, extended, degree apprenticeship, distance learning degree programmes and/or CPD and short courses are excluded.

How to apply

To find out more and submit a scholarship application, please email our Clubs and Performance Sport Manager Crofton Alexander at [email protected]

Key dates

Applications are open year-round. You’ll remain eligible for our Sport Scholarship up to the point your start your course at ARU.

How we assess your application

Your application will be assessed by a panel of ARU staff; we’ll be looking at the details you provide in your application and supporting documentation. You may need to undergo a screening or submit a report from physiotherapists (or equivalent) in your previous club or team.

We may also invite you to an interview to talk about your application.