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Sport Scholarships

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. 

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. 

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.

Sport Scholarships are offered to eligible 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. Performance athletes that wish to be considered a reduction in entry criteria will need to apply for the CAO Points Concession Programme. 

Benefits of a DCU Sport Scholarship

The benefits of a DCU Sports Scholarship award may include:

  • Financial subsidy
  • Membership to the DCU Sports Complex
  • High Performance Education Talks and Workshops
  • Academic support
  • Sports Science Supports
  • Goal Setting and Performance Planning
  • Career Guidance Support
  • Access to National & International competition

Please note support services are dependent on the grade of scholarship awarded and may be paid in full or subsidised. 


To apply for the DCU Sports Scholarship programme athletes must fulfil the eligibility criteria listed below**:

  • Applications will be considered from current students and also from prospective students. In order to be considered for a sport scholarship prospective students must meet the DCU admission requirements through the CAO system and must enrol on a programme of academic study at DCU. Current students must show academic progression and maintain a satisfactory academic standard throughout the duration of their course.
  • Only sports recognised by the Irish Sports Council will be considered. Please contact the Irish Sports Council for more information on tel: 01 860 8800 or visit
  • Compete and perform at International, National, Inter-provincial, Inter-County and/or Senior Club level
  • Maintain an appropriate level of commitment to the DCU sports club in your sport, in intervarsity and other competitions and/or training
  • Contribute to the administration, coaching, promotion and development of the DCU club

**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.

How to Apply

To apply for the Performance Sport CAO Points Concession and/or the Sport Scholarship programme applicants must complete an online application form. Please note:

- Applicants that apply for the Performance Sport CAO Points Concession programme must also make an application for a DCU programme of study through the CAO, from early November 2018 until May 1st 2019.

- There is one application form for both programmes and you must indicate if you wish to apply for one or both programmes.

- DCU Performance Sport online applications will open in mid February 2019.

- The closing date for applications is May 1st 2019. Paper applicatons or late applications will not be accepted.  

Sport Scholarship Contacts

General Sports Scholarships 

Yvonne McGowan

Senior Sports Development Officer 

Tel: 01 700 5811


Athletics Scholarships

Enda Fitzpatrick

Athletics Academy Director 

Tel: 01 700 8479



Gaelic Football Scholarships

Michael Kennedy

GAA Academy Director

Tel: 01 700 5050


Hurling, Camogie and Handball Scholarships

Paul O'Brien 

GAA Development Officer 

Tel: 087 915 4748


 Soccer and Powerchair Football Scholarships 

Fran Butler

Soccer Development Officer

Tel: 01 700 8722


 Rugby Scholarships

Robert Mullen

Rugby Development Officer

Tel: 01 700 6843