Fees and Funding

Scholarships

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Performance Sports scholarships and bursaries

We are looking for scholars competing in our focus sports, other team sports and individual athletes to contribute to our performance sport programme.

 

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Undergraduate, Postgraduate taught
2023-2024
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Scholarships

The University of Essex is committed to supporting and developing high performance athletes. The talented athlete is at the heart of our ambitious programme to deliver sporting excellence. We believe that through our commitment to continuous improvement, cutting-edge sports research, excellence in education and willingness to leave no stone unturned, we can assist athletes to fulfil their athletic potential.

Our performance sport scholarships are aimed at talented athletes playing at regional, national or international level.

The Performance Sport Scholarship Programme offers a range of benefits to its recipients. Sport scholarships can include fee discounts of up to 100% offered to athletes who demonstrate sporting excellence. As well as this, athletes who are awarded the scholarship will receive a host of other valuable benefits, including free kit, access to state-of-the-art facilities, performance coaching, the option to live in our newly dedicated Athlete Village (accommodation fees may apply) and a support package valued up to £1500. These benefits are designed to help athletes focus on their training, and development, and to enable them to reach their full potential alongside their studies.

Scholarship type  Award
Tier 1* Tuition fee discount up to 100%, performance coaching and support services package.
Tier 2 Cash bursary (of varying amounts), performance coaching and support services package (available for undergraduate students only).
Tier 3 Performance coaching and support services package.

*Some exceptional athletes in receipt of a tier 1 scholarship may also receive additional financial support.

Under tier 1 of the Performance Sport Scholarship programme, we award a number of tuition fee discounts to students on University of Essex undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research courses.

Fee discounts available for students commencing their studies at Essex in 2024-25 are:

Basketball

Number of awards Scholarship Award
Up to 8 PG awards for international students (full-time or part-time) Between 50-100% fee discount
Up to 12 UG or PG awards for UK students (full-time or part-time) Between 50-100% fee discount**
4 x PG awards for international students (full-time only)
25% fee discount

Explore our basketball programme

Volleyball

Number of awards Scholarship Award
Up to 8 PG awards for international students (full-time only) Between 50-100% fee discount
Up to 12 UG or PG awards for UK students Between 50-100% fee discount**
4 x PG awards for international students (full-time only)
25% fee discount

Explore our Volleyball programme

Football

Women's

Number of awards Scholarship Award
2 x PG awards for international students (full-time only) Between 50-100% fee discount
1 x PG award for UK students (full-time only) 100% fee discount
2 x PG awards for international students (full-time only)
25% fee discount

Men's

Number of awards Scholarship Award
2 x PG awards for international students (full-time only) Between 50-100% fee discount
2 x PG awards for international students (full-time only)
25% fee discount

Explore the football programme

Tennis

Number of awards Scholarship Award
4 x PG awards for international students (full-time only) Between 50-100% fee discount
4 x PG awards for international students (full-time only)
25% fee discount

Explore the Tennis programme

Rugby 7s

Number of awards Scholarship Award
4 x PG awards for international students (full-time only)
25% fee discount

Explore the Rugby programme

Individual athletes

Number of awards Scholarship Award
2 x PG awards for international students (full-time only) 25% fee discount

*The University reserves the right to vary the number of scholarships awarded based on profile of applicants and the number of full-time versus part-time students applying for the scholarships.

**In case of UK undergraduate students, this would be a fee discount for all years of study (but the University reserves the right to remove them from the scholarship programme as per the terms and conditions in the athlete contract, i.e., not meeting standard expected, no longer participating).

Additional benefits include

  • Strength and conditioning coaching
  • Free peak-time access ‘Gold’ Essex Sport membership which covers full access to our gym and sports facilities
  • Access to physiotherapy treatment
  • Free injury assessment and treatment at on-site sports therapy clinic
  • Guaranteed on-campus accommodation (costs apply)
  • Allocated lifestyle practitioner
  • Comprehensive performance lifestyle workshop programme
  • Free Playing and training clothing bundle
  • Permission to park on the university campus, even if living on campus (parking costs apply)
  • Flexible academic provision (ability to pace studies and avoid clashes between academic assessments and important sporting events)

 

Full details and Eligibility

Please read the full terms and conditions before applying for or accepting a scholarship or bursary. They contain important information about eligibility, if you need to complete an application form and how you'll receive your funding.

Performance Sport Scholarship Programme Terms and Conditions 2023-24 (.pdf)

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.

 

Apply now

If you have any queries please call 01206 873016 or email performancesport@essex.ac.uk

If you're a current student looking for information about an award you received, see our terms and conditions for previous years.

University of Essex Women's Rugby Team against University of East Anglia on Derby Day
University of Essex Women's Rugby Team against University of East Anglia on Derby Day
Essex Rebels Women v Nottingham Wild Cats 25th April 2022
Essex Rebels Women v Nottingham Wild Cats 25th April 2022