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 a reduction in points 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.
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 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
Applications for Performance Sport CAO Points Concession and Sport Scholarship programmes for 2020-2021 are closed. Applications for both programmes are accepted on an annual basis and applications for 2021-2022 will open in February 2021.
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 on the 3rd of 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
Head of Athletics
Tel: 01 700 8479
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 5811