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.
Here are the answers to the commonly asked questions about the CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarships.
What is the difference between the CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarships?
CAO Points Concession is an academic entry scheme for performance athletes at undergraduate level. A number of academic places offering a CAO points concession are reserved for outstanding candidates who have achieved a very high level of sporting performance and who are committed to continuing to develop their sporting and academic careers. Successful applicants who have presented all relevant entry requirements and met the sports assessment criteria, may be eligible for a points reduction of up to 25 points below the CAO points cut-off for the programme they have applied for. To be considered for this entry scheme, applicants must achieve a minimum of 300 points.
Sport Scholarships is a post entry support programme that gives a student a number of benefits to assist them to successfully manage their sporting and academic commitments. Sports Scholarships are intended for persons of outstanding sporting ability.
How can I apply?
The CAO Points Concession and Sports Scholarship application form for 2019-2020 has now closed.
Applications are by an online application form. Applications for programmes for the 2020-2021 academic year will open in February 2020 and the closing date for receipt of applications is the 1st of May at 5.15pm.There is one application form for CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarships. Upon application you will need to indicate if you wish to be considered for one or both of these programmes. Please note the CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarships are separate programmes. If you choose to apply for both programmes your application will be assessed separately and you will be notified of the outcome in each programme separately.
Can I apply for the both the CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarships?
Yes, you can apply for both the CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarships and you may be successful in one, both or neither. Please note the CAO Points Concession programme is for students applying to enter 1st year of an undergraduate programme in DCU.
What sports are considered?
We accept applications in our priority sports of Athletics, Basketball, GAA Sports, Soccer and Rugby. We also consider applications in other sports from athletes of a Junior or Senior International standard, with participation at European/World Championship or Olympic level and part of a high performance squad with their NGB. For more information see the section 'What Sports are considered'.
Can I apply in more than one sport?
You can make an application in more than one sport. You only need to submit one application and detail the information for all your sports. Please note Sport Scholarships are only offered in one sport and students are expected to commit to the respective DCU Sports Club in which their Sport Scholarship is offered.
Can I edit my application or submit additional information after it has been submitted.
You cannot edit or change your application nor do we accept additional information after your application has been submitted.
I have missed the application deadline can I still apply?
The deadline for receipt of online applications for CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarships for the for the 2020-2021 academic year is the 1st of May 2020 at 5.15pm. Late applications past the deadline will not be accepted. Sport Scholarship are offered on an annual basis so if you did miss the deadline you can apply each year that you are a student in DCU.
What should I include in my Personal Statement?
The personal statement is an opportunity or you to make your application stand out and to add any other information that you feel will support your application such as your academic aims, how a DCU Sport Scholarship would benefit you and how you will impact on sport in DCU.
Who should I list as a referee?
You need to provide the contact details for two referees. One referee should be from your National Governing Body of Sport and the second referee should be from your Coach, Manager or Teacher.
When will I know the outcome of my application?
For CAO Points Concession
Applicants who have applied through CAO and have submitted the application form by 1st May will initially be assessed. Those deemed eligible will progress in the assessment process. Ineligible applicants for this entry scheme will receive e-mail communication from DCU before the 1st of July. Their ineligibility for this specific scheme does not prevent them from progressing with their application through CAO for assessment based only on their qualifications. Eligible applicants are made offers through the CAO in mid August. This academic entry scheme and any potential offer of a place at DCU through CAO does not include an offer of a Sports Scholarship.
For Sport Scholarships
Sport Scholarship applications are assessed in May and June each year and shortlisted applicants may be invited to attend an interview. Applicants that are deemed ineligible by DCU for Sport Scholarships will receive e-mail communication from DCU before the 1st of July. Applicants that are deemed eligible by DCU will receive e-mail communication from DCU before the 1st of July and a conditional Sport Scholarship offers. A conditional offer is dependant on a student accepting a place on a programme of study in DCU.
The outcome of applications for CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarships will be communicated by e-mail using the e-mail address listed in the application form.
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
- Lifestyle 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 general eligibility criteria as listed below. Information on what sports are considered is available in the next section.
- 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 Sport Ireland will be considered. Please contact Sport Ireland for more information on tel: 01 860 8800 or visit www.sportireland.ie
- 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
Sports Scholarships are intended for persons of outstanding sporting ability. We accept applications in our priority sports of Athletics, Basketball, GAA Sports, Soccer and Rugby. We also consider applications in other sports from athletes of a Junior or Senior International standard, with participation at European/World Championship or Olympic level and part of a high performance squad with their NGB. The minimum standard of entry in each of DCU's priority sports is listed in the table below. This criteria is set to give applicants a guideline to follow when understanding the term ‘performance sport’, however the University may adapt its criteria depending on the sport in question. Please note the following:
- Meeting all the criteria does not mean an automatic offer of a CAO Points Concession and/or Sport Scholarship.
- The eligibility and selection criteria reflect the evolving nature of CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarships, and DCU reserves the right to amend the criteria for selection according to the requirements of the scheme.
- DCU reserves the right to set the definition of performance and the sport specific eligibility criteria to reflect the
performance level of athletes based at the University
Schools, Celtic Games or Junior International representation
|Basketball||Playing at Super league Level and may have Ireland Junior/Senior squad representation|
|GAA||Minor county level and capable of competing at a higher level|
|Women's Rugby||Provincial and/or Ireland representation at 7’s or 15’s and IRFU All Ireland League/Leinster League Division 1 Player|
|Men's Rugby||Provincial and/or Ireland representation at 7’s or 15’s and IRFU All Ireland League/JP Fanagan Premier Division 1/2 Player|
|Women's Soccer||International Junior/Senior player and WFAI Women’s National League/ Women’s Premiership Club Player|
|Men's Soccer||Irish Schools or Underage International squad player and League of Ireland Premier Division/Northern Ireland Football League Premiership Club Player|
Proven Junior or Senior International with participation at European/World Championship or Olympic level and part of a high performance squad with their NGB
The CAO Points Concession and Sports Scholarship application form for 2019-2020 has now closed.
To apply for the Performance Sport CAO Points Concession and/or the Sport Scholarship programme applicants must complete an online application form. Please note:
- Applications for programmes for the 2020-2021 academic year will open in February 2020 and the closing date for receipt of applications is the 1st of May 2020 at 5.15pm
- Applicants that apply for the CAO Points Concession programme must also make an application for a DCU programme of study through the CAO. Applicants should apply through the CAO by the normal closing date of 1st February or before the late closing date of 1st May and complete a DCU Performance Sport online application form.
- Paper applicatons or late applications will not be accepted.
General Sports Scholarships
Senior Sports Development Officer
Tel: 01 700 5811
Athletics Academy Director
Tel: 01 700 8479
Gaelic Football Scholarships
GAA Academy Director
Hurling, Camogie and Handball Scholarships
Interim Head of Gaelic Games
Tel: 087 915 4748
Soccer and Powerchair Football Scholarships
Soccer Development Officer
Tel: 01 700 8722
Rugby Development Officer
Tel: 01 700 6843