Sport Scholarship

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Sport Scholarship
Anglia Ruskin UniversityEducationScholarshipCambridgeUnited Kingdom

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

Scholarships are available to students competing at three levels: podium, elite and competition. All sport scholars enjoy free access to our campus fitness centres in Cambridge and Chelmsford.


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

You’ll receive payments at two points in the academic year. Payments are made via BACS to a UK bank account.

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.

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 national or regional level.

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

Competition level

If you’re competing at county level or above, you may be eligible for a scholarship of £500 per year to cover performance-related costs.

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 Peterborough Guild House campuses
  • be competing at regional, county or national level to qualify for our Elite Level and Competition Level scholarships
  • 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

Complete an application form, including a supporting statement outlining why you’re suitable for this scholarship. Please include evidence of your current playing level and references.

Sport Scholarship application form

Sport Scholarship guidance notes

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.

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