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DCU supports the holistic development of talented athletes and recognises their increasing need to successfully balance both academic and sporting commitments. DCU facilitates this vision through the Sports Scholarship Programme. The Sport Scholarship programme is an athlete led development programme whereby a network of support services and expertise are tailored to the individual needs of the athlete. The programme grades support depending on the athlete's achievement, potential and need, with the objective of remaining flexible to support the diverse needs of the athlete. Athletes are allocated a Sport Scholarship at one of two levels – Elite or Talented and up to a maximum of €3000 in support services.
Sport Scholarships were first introduced in DCU in 1996 in the form of GAA sport scholarships. In recent years the programme has expanded greatly and students have been awarded sport scholarships in Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Camogie, Canoe, Gaelic Football, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Rugby, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer and Tennis. DCU is also committed to the development of sporting excellence amongst students with a disability. To demonstrate this, resources have been allocated towards supporting talented athletes with a physical disability.
The DCU Sports Scholarship programme offers a wide range of support services for talented athletes as part of a balanced approach to training, performance and academic excellence. The programme is athlete led and grades support depending on the athlete's achievement, potential and need, with the objective of remaining flexible to support the diverse needs of athletes.
Please note the Sport Scholarship Programme is co-ordinated by the Sports Development Service and is separate to the Elite Sportspersons Entry Scheme that is co-ordinated by Registry. Sport Scholarships are only offered to students that have met the DCU admission requirements through the CAO system and are enrolled on a programme of academic study at DCU. The offer of a Sport Scholarship award does not include any special reductions in entry criteria or the offer of an academic place at DCU. Talented athletes that wish to be considered for the Elite Sportspersons Entry Scheme will need to make a separate application to Registry at DCU. For further information click here
The benefits of a DCU Sport Scholarship award may include:
*Please note support services are dependant on the grade of scholarship awarded and may be paid in full or subsidised. Additional support may be given to athletes on a discretionary basis by request to the Sport Scholarship Committee.
To apply for the DCU Sports Scholarship programme athletes must fulfil the eligibility criteria listed below**:
**Please note that meeting all the above criteria does not mean automatic acceptance to the Scholarship Programme. The eligibility and selection criteria reflect the evolving nature of the Sport Scholarship Programme and DCU reserves the right to amend the criteria for selection according to the requirements of the scheme.
Short listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview. The panel will consider the applicants current level of performance to include frequency and duration of achievement, potential in their sport and the possible contribution to sport at DCU.
To apply for a Sport Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year please send a completed application form by post only to:
DCU Sports Development Service
Henry Grattan Building,
Dublin City University,
Sport Scholarship application forms are available to download here (Word document).
CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5pm on Monday the 1st of July 2013
Please note applications received after the closing date will not be processed.
For all general Sports Scholarships enquiries contact:
Senior Sports Development Officer
Tel: 01 700 5811
For Athletics Scholarships contact:
Director Athletics Academy & Head Coach
Tel: 01 700 8479
For GAA Scholarships contact:
GAA Academy Director
Tel: 01 700 5050
For Rugby Scholarshipscontact:
Phil De Barra
Rugby Development Officer
Tel: 01 700 8722
For Soccer Scholarshipscontact:
Soccer Development Officer
Tel: 01 700 8722