Sport scholars

We offer essential sporting and academic support for student athletes who compete in an individual capacity and who are committed to succeeding on the international stage.

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Support is considered on an annual basis and open for application to any University student competing at minimum of junior or senior international standard in their sport. The University of Edinburgh has a commitment to the development of Performance Sport and close links with Scotland’s elite sport network, including the Scottish Institute of Sport and National Governing Bodies. Wherever possible, involvement in the University of Edinburgh Sport and BUCS competition is expected from IPP recipients.

We offer an essential support package for student athletes who are committed to succeeding on the international stage.

  • Supervised Strength and Conditioning support from our S&C coaches
  • Complimentary membership to our gym facilities and access to our bespoke Performance Gym
  • Academic support and flexibility
  • Accommodation assistance and dedicated athlete flats
  • Performance lifestyle, mental skills and nutritional advice
  • Access to the world-renowned FASIC Sport & Exercise Medicine Clinic
  • Performance Sport kit from our clothing partner PlayerLayer
  • Various Athlete Education sessions including anti-doping and career support.
  • Social media exposure and potential press coverage

Our alumni have a distinguished track record in their fields. Here is just a selection of our recent graduates and what they have achieved with us:

Eilidh Gibson (Canoe) - Biomedical Sciences (2018)

Hall of Fame - Eilidh Gibson
  • C1 Team winning gold at the European, World and U23 World Championships (2017)
  • Had her best individual result finishing 4th at the World Championships in Pau
  • Six World Cup medals including an individual C1 silver at Lee Valley in 2014 and five C1 Team medals.
  • Inducted into the University of Edinburgh Sports Hall of Fame in 2018

Sam Ingram (Judo) - Sport Policy, Management and International Development (MSc)

Hall of Fame - Sam Ingram
  • A pioneer of disability sport, Sam is currently the most decorated athlete on the British Judo Paralympic Programme and is an inspiration for the younger athletes on the team
  • Bronze medal at 2008 Beijing Paralympics, Silver Medal at 2012 London Paralympics, two-time European Champion, 2010 World Championships silver medallist, and a gold medal at the 2017 IBSA Judo World Cup, earned while studying towards his Master’s degree at the University
  • Prolific competitive success in all the major global competitions, including European and World Championships, and three Paralympic Games
  • Inducted into the University of Edinburgh Sports Hall of Fame in 2018

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 If you are performing to a national sporting level, then we’d love to hear from you.

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