Sports Scholarship and Bursaries Scheme

Attracting talent

The University of Derby is a sporting hub for talented athletes and coaches. We have a track record of improving the performance of our University Sports Clubs and we have created an infrastructure to provide support for talented athletes.

With a significant investment in high-class facilities, such as the Sports Centre and Human Performance Unit, sport science expertise and performance level coaches, we are attracting more and more talented performers.

The Sports Scholarship programme aims to help our talented athletes realise their sporting potential and support them through their academic studies. The athletes can access an impressive package of support tailored towards their needs, delivered by our experienced and qualified team. Two of the Universities most recent successful sports scholars are Charlie Tanfield (World Champion and Commonwealth Cycling gold medallist) and Jack Burnell (European Open Water Silver Medallist 2016 and Olympian 2016).

Team Derby has six performance teams, men’s and women’s badminton, men’s basketball, track cycling and men’s and women’s volleyball, however, athletes competing in all BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) events are eligible to apply. Applications are now open. 

The sports scholarships cater for student athletes competing at a high county level up to senior internationals and studying an undergraduate, postgraduate or online degree. For further information please contact

The scholarships have three tiers and a Talented Athlete Award and successful applicants will receive the following support:

TIER 1TIER 2TIER 3Talented Athlete Award
Up to £6000 tuition
fees paid
Up to £3000 tuition
fees paid
Up to £1500
tuition fees paid
Support Services

Benefits include:

Philippa Taylor

Having a tailored programme to my own ability, health and specific sport has enabled me to be at my strongest. I have also obtained my biggest achievement in my career, becoming the British National Champion.

Philippa Taylor
Archery Scholar

Additional scholarships:

Derbyshire Institute of Sport

The Derbyshire Institute of Sport supports athletes from Derbyshire who have demonstrated their potential to become World Class. When an athlete joins the DIS, they become part of a performance family which works together for their benefit. Each individual athlete has a bespoke plan which supports their journey to become World Class. The range of services on offer include; performance advice, psychology, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and nutrition from practitioners with extensive experience at World Class level. The services are directly aligned to National Governing Body programmes which ensures that athletes transition smoothly to the next level. The DIS has a strong partnership with the University of Derby and enjoys dedicated access to the performance suite at the Sports Centre. In certain circumstances we are also able to provide additional support in terms of scholarships.‌

Find out more about the Derbyshire Institute of Sport

What our scholars say

"My first year as a scholar for Team Derby has been amazing in terms of transforming myself into a new level of student-athlete. The scholarship has given the opportunity to study away from home and put me in contact with top quality facilities and equipment as well as unbeatable support and guidance from coaches, physiotherapist and mentors. I cannot wait for what is in-store for this season as I know it will be a successful one!” George Calvey, Basketball Scholar

"My time here at Derby has been special. My scholarship allowed me to affordably attend school abroad, along with maximizing my craft with the sports scholar workout facility, providing me with every type of equipment to get better and providing physiotherapy which allowed me to take care of my body like never before.” Kyren Watts, American Football Scholar and International Student 



  • 30 November 2018 - Deadline for all sports scholarships for January 2019 starters
  • 31 January 2019 - Application process opens for September starters - please apply as soon as possible, an email will be sent to confirm your application has been received
  • 31 July 2019 - UG and PG deadline for all scholarship applications
  • 1 August to 31 August 2019 - Clearing scholarship applications
  • Download and complete a Team Derby Sports Scholarship Application Form and return it together with your sporting reference by email to We cannot process your application without a supporting reference preferably on headed paper
  • You are advised to apply as soon as possible and only in exceptional circumstances will late applications be considered by the panel
  • All applications will be considered by the Team Derby Awards Panel and any offers made will be at the panel’s discretion 
  • Applications will be prioritised and ranked according to merit
  • The submission of an application, or prior inclusion in the programme, does not guarantee the offer of an award
  • A sport scholarship is only valid for one academic year. Scholars must reapply on time if they wish to continue to receive support
  • We do accept enquiries for applicants considering studying at the University of Derby in future years.


Scholarship enquiries

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