Sport Scholarships Programme

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We are delighted to announce our range of sports scholarships designed to embed a high performance training environment into a sports scholars weekly schedule.

Our scholarships operate on a top up basis, acting as a fully inclusive method to ensure each individual can reach their full potential in their chosen sport while simultaneously reaching their full academic potential studying at Heriot-Watt University.

Individual Sport Scholarships – Level 1

Individual Sport Scholarships – Level 1 is aimed at student athletes who are competing at the top of their sport. Athletes will be required to apply for this support on an annual basis and demonstrate their level of performance to be accepted as a Level 1 Sport Scholar (NGB reference required). Level 1 Individual Sport Scholars will receive a 25% Tuition Fee Reduction.

Criteria varies per sport but should include at least one of the following: 

  • Compete at a senior international level for their country
  • Olympics 
  • Commonwealth Games 
  • World Championships 
  • Professional athlete (have a professional contract with a sport organisation) 

Individual Sport Scholarships – Level 2

Individual Sport Scholarships – Level 2 is structured as recognition of athletes who are studying at Heriot-Watt University in the earlier stages of their sport career with the potential to progress to senior international level in the future. Athletes will be required to apply for this support on an annual basis and demonstrate their level of performance to be accepted as a Level 2 Sport Scholar (NGB reference required), with the expectation of progressing to Level 1 within an appropriate timeframe during their university career. 

Criteria varies per sport but should include at least at least one of the following: 

  • Institute supported athlete 
  • Competing at youth international level
  • Athlete on a Performance Pathway Programme

Club Performance Scholarships 

All Club Performance Scholars will be required to meet the selection criteria every year, with sport performance, academic performance, and commitment to the programme vital for reselection each year. Club Performance Sport Scholars will receive a 40% Tuition Fee Reduction.

Criteria will vary between sports and will be at the discretion of each Head Coach in place to oversee the sport programme which includes Men's Football, Women's Football and Squash.

Oriam Student Sport Scholarships – Support

Central to all our sport scholarships is Academic Flexibility, courtesy Oriam membership and Sport Scholar kit provided to all athletes.

Further support is provided on a top up basis and embedded into the weekly training schedule based on individual needs for a holistic student athlete experience, including:

  • Weekly Lunchtime Learning Educational Workshops
  • Sport Science support
  • Fitness Testing
  • 2 x weekly S&C – including Physiotherapy support embedded within 1 x S&C session
  • Weekly recovery sessions including use of Hydropool
  • Physiotherapy – individual appointments 

How to apply

To apply for any of the above please visit our Sports Union page, complete the form and request an appointment with our Sports Performance Manager.