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Durham University


Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships for Sport

Durham University is The Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015. At Durham we have a tradition of sporting excellence; whether it's producing world class athletes in sports such as Rugby, Rowing, Hockey and Cricket, or having the highest participation rate at sport of any university in the country.

The University welcomes scholarship applications from all sports. Consequently any athlete performing at the highest level is strongly encouraged to apply for a scholarship where appropriate. Whilst we are confident that we can support a full range of sports, we would also point out that there are a number of ‘target’ sports where we feel we are better able to provide support at the very highest level.

  • Basketball
  • Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Applicants should identify their chosen sports discipline on their scholarship application form.

As a Vice Chancellor Sports Scholar you would join an esteemed group of Durham University students and benefit from the following:

  • £2,000 per annum towards additional specialist sports costs
  • Represent a University which competes at the very highest level; Durham University has finished in 2nd postion in the British Universities & Colleges Sport rankings for the 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons.
  • Be part of a community dedicated to supporting its elite athletes; the Team Durham Elite Athlete Support Programme provides first-class coaching, training and sports science backing.

“The Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for Sport has enabled me to compete at an international level and represent my country in basketball. Travelling to Wales for training weekends wouldn’t really have been feasible without it.”

Jessica Hunt, MSci Natural Sciences

Team Durham TV

Team Durham TV is student run and includes a weekly digest (in term time) of sporting news. It covers themes such as sporting success, student experience, leadership and the importance of sport to many of our students.

Team Durham BUCS Varsity Trailer

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Women in Sport - Where will your legacy begin?

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On International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating our extraordinary sportswomen – their commitment, their talent, their success. Many sporting legacies began right here, at Durham. Where will your legacy begin?

Top student athletes on BUCS league performance

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Durham University student athletes describe what makes them proud to represent the University. Team Durham has been ranked second in the BUCS league for the last three years consecutively.

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This video features a major victory in women’s rugby, Lucy Butt a Great Britain (GB) orienteer winning the Red Bull Robin Hood orienteering event, and a little more on some of our Development Scholar opportunities.

Some of our home and international students talk about the sporting success they bring to Durham

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The video features our successful student athletes in tennis, lacrosse and hockey.

Meet some of our sporting captains and Vice-Chancellor’s Scholars

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Vice-Chancellor’s Scholars demonstrate how the scholarship has benefitted them. Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships are available to those who demonstrate excellence (e.g. participation at a national or international level) in sport, music and the arts and provide a financial contribution to the successful applicants. See more at