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Competitive scholarships

UEL offers three fantastic competitive scholarships for students, ranging from elite athletes to those with a passion for sport and participation.
Find the scholarship that's right for you and apply today.

Elite scholarships

Elite level UEL Sports Scholars receive: 

  • up to £6,000 bursary per annum (bursaries may be higher for exceptional applicants)
  • £1,000 worth of support services including:
    • gold membership at SportsDock
    • unlimited physiotherapy and sports massage
    • UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning coaches
    • elite athlete academic study policy
    • facility and equipment access
    • lifestyle and performance workshops
    • access to a range of sports science support, including nutrition, psychology, physiology, biomechanics and performance analysis
  • priority access to on-campus accommodation and the option to stay with other athletes on the programme.
Elite Scholarships are only available for Athletics, Basketball, Football, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball.


The support from the UELSports Scholarship Programme has really made a difference to me. The coaching and support you get from UEL are fantastic. I wouldn’t have moved to London if it wasn’t the best career option for me. The way I’ve developed over the last few months has proven to me that UEL was the best choice.
Aimee Willmott , BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, double Commonwealth and European medallist
Amie-Willmott-Sport-Exercise-BSc-university of east London

Performance scholarships

Performance level UEL Sports Scholars receive: 

  • bursary from £1,000 to £4,000
  • £1,000 worth of support services including:
    • gold membership at SportsDock
    • unlimited physiotherapy and sports massage
    • UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning coaches
    • elite athlete academic study policy
    • facility and equipment access
    • lifestyle and performance workshops
    • access to a range of sports science support, including nutrition, psychology, physiology, biomechanics and performance analysis
  • priority access to on-campus accommodation and the option to stay with other athletes on the programme.
Performance Scholarships are only available for athletes who can compete in BUCS Sports competition for UEL.

Find out more about our sports scholarships.

Being selected to be a part of the 

TeamUEL Scholarship Programme 

has been a privilege and an honour. 

Liam MacDevitt , Sports scholar & former professional footballer

Development scholarships

Development level UEL Sports Scholars receive:

£1,000 worth of support services including:

  • bursary of £250 
  • gold membership at SportsDock
  • full access to our Sports Therapy Clinic
  • UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning coaches
  • facility and equipment access
  • lifestyle and performance workshops including nutrition, psychology and performance lifestyle management 
Please note development scholarships are only available in your first year at the University of East London and are available across all sports.

    Find out more about our sports scholarships.

    For me coming to UEL was the best decision because I found the perfect balance between sport and study, whilst being challenged on a daily basis.



    For me, coming to UEL was the best decision because I found the perfect balance between sport and study, whilst being challenged on a daily basis
    For me, coming to UEL was the best decision because I found the perfect balance between sport and study, whilst being challenged on a daily basis
    For me, coming to UEL was the best decision because I found the perfect balance between sport and study, whilst being challenged on a daily basis
    For me, coming to UEL was the best decision because I found the perfect balance between sport and study, whilst being challenged on a daily basis
    Marie Prulhiere , Sports scholar & UEL Tennis player
    Marie Prulherie Tennis