International Sports Scholarships

Our international scholarships are available for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The scholarships are particularly attractive for athletes within our Focus Sports (athletics, basketball, boxing, judo, rowing, swimming, tennis and volleyball), though we do offer support to athletes from the full spectrum of Olympic and Paralympic sports.


Online application form


Our international scholarships receive:

  • Contribution toward tuition fees (up to £6,000) 

Up to £1000 worth of support services including: 

  • Free access to SportsDock
  • Free Strength and Conditioning Coaching
  • Free Physiotherapy
  • Free Sports Massage
  • Free UEL Scholarship clothing from Kukri
  • Additional access to training facilities where required
  • Access to the academic flexibility policy to assist with international call ups, training camps etc.

To be eligible for an International Scholarships applicants need to be competing at junior international, senior national (eg, NCAA) or senior international level. Scholarships will be awarded to the strongest applicants first and non-successful applicants will be notified.

UEL is registered with the Department of Education in the US and are therefore able to administer student loans for American students studying in UEL. See details of Federal Aid.

Athlete Service Level Agreement

In order to receive the scholarship athletes are required to adhere to a Service Level Agreement which includes: 

  • compete for UEL in BUCS competitions
  • compete in national/international events (if appropriate)
  • be actively involved in the UELSports club related to your respective sport
  • proactively engage in marketing and promotional activities for UEL
  • commit to specified ambassadorial activities for the Director of Sport (up to ten hours per academic year)
  • maintain and improve your current performance level (as described in the application).

Students not adhering to the Service Level Agreement above may have their award immediately cancelled at the discretion of the Director of Sport.

If you fall ill or incur an injury during your award year, your award will be reviewed and support allocated based on your immediate needs, at the discretion of the High-Performance Sport Officer.

Please feel free to contact us to find out more about our International Scholarship Programme:

Online Application Form

Adam Gemili

BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science

 Adam Gemili - Elite Athlete

Adam Gemili reached the semi-finals in the 100m of the London 2012 Olympics. In 2011, he won a silver medal at the 2011 European Athletics Junior Youth Championship and at the same event won silver with the GB 4x100 m relay team. Adam returned to the London Olympic Stadium in August 2013 to win the men's 100 metres B race in the Anniversary Games. Later that month he became only the second Briton ever to go under 20 seconds for the 200metres, and came within four hundredths of a second of winning a medal when finishing fifth behind Usain Bolt in the 200m final at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow. No wonder the legendary Bolt has tipped Gemili for greatness!

Gemma Gibbons

MSc Exercise Science and Health

Gemma Gibbons

Gemma won a silver medal for GB at the London 2012 Games. She has also won BUCS titles, and bronze medals at the World University Games, the European U23 Championships and senior World and European Championships. Gemma also completed her undergraduate degree in sports coaching at UEL in 2011.

Ali Jawad

BSc (Hons) Exercise Science and Health

 Ali Jawad

Ali Jawad represented team GB in powerlifting at both the Beijing and London Paralympic Games, and came fourth in London 2012. In early 2012 he won the British powerlifting title for the seventh time and holds a British Paralympic record in the 60kg weight category.

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