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Postgraduate Scholarships

We're extremely proud of our reputation as the university that enables you to combine sporting and academic excellence. Our outstanding range of sports scholarships are awarded annually and are targeted to support high-level NCAA or international athletes. In 2022/23 we won 11 national championships across all sports and were awarded as co-champions due to the games being unable to be played.

We are going into our thirteenth year of recruiting postgraduate overseas student-athletes and remain the only university in Britain to be offering such a vast programme for overseas students. In 2009/10 we had 18 overseas scholars across the sports of men's basketball and men's and women's lacrosse. The programme has continued to grow and now we have over 100 scholars in a wide range of sports.

We are looking for people that want to keep playing their sport at a high standard for another year and have a strong drive to win a national championship. Most importantly, we want people that are keen to help develop their sport in a country where university sport and student participation is still growing.


All applications are considered on a case by case basis. There is no 4-year eligibility requirement. In order to be eligible you must:

  • Compete in sport at a high level (regional, national and international levels)
  • Home, EU and international students are all eligible for a sports scholarship at Durham
  • As long as you are a student, you can compete for the university for as many years as you want
  • In order to be eligible for a sports scholarship, you must also successfully achieve a position on one of our leading postgraduate courses at Durham University

The Package

Durham University is Britain's number one team sports university and is ranked third in Britain overall. We offer one of the most competitive and attractive scholarships available at UK universities.

Scholarships range from £8000 - £15000. Other benefits include:

  • Study a postgraduate degree at one of the UK's leading academic universities
  • Compete athletically for Durham University
  • Academic and athlete monitoring
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Access to Sports Physiotherapy
  • Access to Sport Psychology workshops
  • Sports video analysis
  • Nutrition Advice and support
  • Anti-doping advice

* Candidates can access Federal Aid from the US loans system and student Finances from the UK Student Loans System.

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Find out what Postgraduate courses are available