Scholarships Criteria

1. Aim

  • The UCC Sports Scholarships programme reflects the commitment on the part of UCC to excellence in Sport.
  • The aim of the programme is to give talented sportspeople an opportunity to develop their sporting career by offering the highest standards in coaching and training whilst completing their chosen course of academic study.
  • The UCC Sports Scholarship programme is guided by the new UCC Sport Strategy and new UCC performance strategy:

2. Applications 2020/21

3. General Criteria

  • All applicants must satisfy the normal entry requirement of the University and have been offered a place on a degree or postgraduate course at the university. Applicants should apply for such course through the CAO in the normal way. Existing students are also eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be pursuing a full time university course.
  • Applicants must demonstrate outstanding ability in their chosen sport and demonstrate an ability to compete at National or International level (inter county level for GAA Applicants).
  • The sport has to be recognised by Sport Ireland.
  • There are 2 main types of Scholarship (note an applicant may only apply for 1 type of scholarship):

     UCC Sport Individual Scholarship

    UCC Core Team Sport Scholarship

  • The UCC Individual Sport Scholarships are divided into Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. Awards and services for each level of scholarship will be determined by the DSPA.  The Individual Sport Scholarship is open to applicants involved in team sports or individual sports other than the core sports.
  • The UCC Core Team Sport Scholarships covers the following sports each which will have their own specific criteria: GAA, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer. GAA includes: Camogie, Gaelic Football, Hurling and Ladies Gaelic Football.
  • There are a number of sponsored scholarships which will be administered as part of the programme both for Individual and Core Team Sports.


4. Adjudication Process

  • The DSPA will establish a Scholarship Review Panel (SRP) to consider recommendations for scholarships for Individual Sport and Core Team Sport categories.
  • For Core Sports (GAA, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer,), applications shall be sent by the DSPA to the Development Officer of the relevant sport (“the relevant Assessor”)
  • For the Individual Sport scholarship, applications will initially be shall be sent by the DSPA to the Head Coach for the relevant sport or, if there is no Head Coach, will be assessed by the Deputy Director of Sport & Physical Activity (“the relevant assessor”)
  • The relevant Assessor shall recommend to the Panel a shortlist (“the shortlist”) in each sport for approval based the specific criteria for review of the Applications in that sport.
  • The SRP shall consider the recommended shortlist and, in consultation with the relevant Assessor make a final recommendation on the proposed scholarship applications.
  • All Applicants shall be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as practicable after the finalization of the award list.


5.   Conditions of Acceptance of a Scholarship


  • All awardees of a scholarship shall sign a sports scholarship contract. Copies of the contract are available from the DSPA.
  • All awardees of a scholarship shall complete, within 30 days of the award of a scholarship, an “Aims and Objectives” form.
  • Sports scholarships are valid for one year only and must be reapplied for on an annual basis.
  • All awardees of a scholarship shall maintain satisfactory academic and sporting progress throughout the duration of the scholarship.
  • Awardees must successfully pass their academic year to be eligible to apply/reapply for the following year. (Academic progression)
  • Awardees who successfully pass their academic year but change course choice are eligible to reapply for the following year.
  • All awardees must be fit to participate in their chosen sport by 30th September of the year of the awarding of a scholarship or by a date assigned by the Director of Sport & Physical Activity and the club in question.
  • All awardees must undergo fitness tests by the university exercise physiologist during the tenure of the scholarship. Failure to complete/pass either test will result in the forfeiture/reclaim of some/all of the Award
  • All new awardees must undertake a Cardiac Screening Examination in the first term unless they have completed such an examination in the previous two years. Failure to undertake this test will result in the forfeiture/reclaim of some/all of the Award
  • All awardees of a scholarship must display at all times an appropriate standard of conduct and sportsmanship. Awardees shall never engage in any activity which may potentially bring the College into disrepute.
  • Participation in Intervarsity’s, where eligible, is compulsory in the scholarship year. In exceptional circumstances where an athlete is chosen to represent national or other representative squads an athlete may be exempted from participating in the relevant intervarsity where this is a clash. The DSPA will review all such matters and make a ruling on this.


For specific criteria for the 4 core team sports and for individual scholarships for team sports or individual sports please see here.