Scholarships overview

The University of Bristol Performance Sport offer has grown and developed over the last 5 years:

  • We've been a Top 10 BUCS University for the last 5 years and have a prestigious Alumni sporting heritage which includes, Olympians, Commonwealth Gold Medal Winners and England representation across a range of sports.

  • We aim to provide a competitive, holistic, scholarship programme for student-athletes, which includes coaching, mentoring and support services.

  • We allow talented athletes to continue their sporting journey, whilst studying at the University.

  • We create partnerships with National Governing Bodies and professional sports clubs in order to provide joined-up programmes that allows our talented athletes to achieve academic and sporting success.

Our Offer

  • We offer between 10-12 VC Scholarships per year which range between £1,500-£3,000. These are offered to new student-athletes who are performing and competing at an International Level. The application process for interested athletes start in December each year and runs until the end of March (applicants must have chosen Bristol as their first choice University to receive a scholarship).

  • We offer 25 athletes the opportunity to be part of our Performance Squad, which includes a free Gym Pass, strength and conditioning sessions (2 x week), Nutrition/Sports Psyche 1:1’s, sports medicine support and individual mentoring. The Performance squad application process is open to new and current students and starts in December and ends in August each year.

  • If a student receives a VC scholarship and is also invited to be part of the Performance Squad, the total value of the scholarship can be as much as £6,000.


Receiving a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship was a massive honour and it gave me access to a whole range of services which allowed me to maintain an intensive training regime whilst continuing my studies. It was also a significant psychological boost to receive such a prestigious award.

Georgie Twigg, Hockey, Olympic Gold Medallist, Rio 2016

Got any questions?

Contact Performance Sport Manager Matt Paine via

Contact our coaches

If you have any questions for our Head Coaches, please get in touch.

Rowing - Edward Bloomfield
University of Bristol Boat Club

Rugby - Joe Goodman
University of Bristol Men's Rugby Club

Hockey - Ben Dudley
University of Bristol Hockey Club

Tennis - Ali Blackett
University of Bristol Tennis Club

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