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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.

Durham Hockey Juniors

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Durham Hockey Juniors welcomes all levels of ability and age from 4-16 at the club and hope that by providing high quality coaching it will encourage young people to lead a healthy and active life.

BUCS ChampionshipFinalists

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Team Durham would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of it's BUCS finalists on what would have been BUCS #bigwednesday

Virtual Tour of Durham University Sports and Wellbeing Park

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Sport at Durham inspires the extraordinary. It always has done and our students continue to do extraordinary things today whilst making memories and friendships that last a life time. We believe sport and exercise can bring people of all backgrounds together and that’s why we’ve invested £32 million into our new Sports and Wellbeing Park in order to create a better university experience for our students. Facilities include: 5 Lane Indoor Cricket Centre 12 court sports hall with arena capacity for 2000 & additional 2 basketball court sports hall State of the Art Fitness Centre 2 New Strength and Conditioning High Performance Hubs 2 World Class Water base Hockey Pitches Additional All Weather Pitches 2 glass-backed squash courts 1 custom built fencing Salle Purpose built erg rowing room, indoor rowing tank and on site boat house Rehabilitation centre with Cryotherapy chamber and Hydrotherapy pool

Durham Hockey Juniors

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Durham Hockey Juniors welcomes all levels of ability and age from 4-16 at the club and hope that by providing high quality coaching it will encourage young people to lead a healthy and active life.

Mums on the run

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An insight into one of our community partners, Durham Mum’s on the Run (DMotR), who regularly use our facility at the Sports and Wellbeing Park. DMotR are a friendly inclusive running group for women in Durham who run or want to start running. They aim to improve our running (whatever the ability), get fit and strong, all whilst having a great time.

A welcome from Mark Brian, Head of Sport and Physical Activity

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Hannah takes you through what it’s like to be a Team Durham athlete, how you can sign up for teams and register your interest in your chosen sports.

Mums on the run

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An insight into one of our community partners, Durham Mum’s on the Run (DMotR), who regularly use our facility at the Sports and Wellbeing Park. DMotR are a friendly inclusive running group for women in Durham who run or want to start running. They aim to improve our running (whatever the ability), get fit and strong, all whilst having a great time.

Team Durham holiday camps

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Looking for something active and fun for the kids during the school holidays? Check out our Team Durham holiday camps.

Durham University host the BUCS Northern Conference Cup

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Wednesday 11 March sees Durham Universities Sports and Wellbeing Park play host to the Northern Conference Cup. We welcome teams from all over the region as they play off for their respective BUCS titles.

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.

Develop your leadership skills or try something new with sport at Durham

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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.

Team Durham BUCS Varsity Trailer

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9 Sports - 15 Premier League Fixtures - 1 BUCS Varsity 5 Days till Durham v Loughborough #BleedPalatinate Music - Jack Hemsey - See what I've Become.

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?

WBBL Championship finals for Durham Palatinates

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Team Durham: Performance, Participation, Partnership

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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 www.durham.ac.uk/scholarships