USW Rugby

Sport Scholarships

Recognising excellence

At the University of South Wales we recognise and reward sporting achievement. Our Sports Scholarship Programme is available to students performing to a high standard in their chosen sport, and representing the University in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) league. 

The USW Sports Scholarships are designed to support potentially elite athletes and sports people who are competing at least at junior national or international level in their sport.

Who is eligible?

  • Any students studying on campus (ie not online). Students can be full or part time, but must be studying a minimum of 60 credits per year. 
  • You can apply at any stage of your study (e.g. first year; second year etc). 
  • It is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Both home and EU / International students can apply.
  • You must have represented your country at International level in your sport. The sport must be one of the 52 sports highlighted on the BUCS website
  • You must also commit to represent the University in all BUCS competitions.

How do I apply?

  • Applications forms are available from 1st August each year. This would be for students starting that academic year - ie from September/October.  
  • Annual applications are required from returning students and each scholarship is only valid for a specific year.
  • Sports Scholarships can be renewed up to a total of four years. The Sports Scholarship Committee will review each individual award annually and you will need to complete a formal application each year if you wish to re-apply.
  • To apply for a Sports Scholarship please download a Sports Scholarship Application Pack, complete it, print it out and return it to Lewys Thomas in the Treforest Sport Centre before the deadline.
  • All of the information you require to complete the form is in the application pack however if you do require more information please email Lewys Thomas (

Download your pack here:

Sports Scholarship 2018/2019 Application Pack

How much is it worth?

The scholarship is worth between £300 - £1500 per year. The amount will depend on the level that you have attained.

You will get the funding in three instalments - December , February and April. The amounts will vary and will depend on your commitment to the scheme.)

How many scholarships are there?

Approximately 15 scholarships are awarded each year.

Are there any particular categories

Rugby, football, futsal  and golf are the Focus Sports for 2018/19 as they are in the BUCS Premier Division. The Focus Sports Scholarships have a value of £500-£1500). 

Other sports (48 different BUCS Sports) are eligible for Platinum or Gold Scholarships (£500-£1,000) or possibly a Sports Bursary (£300).

Other Sports Scholarships

Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews Bursary Award

If you are an International golfer you may be eligible for the R & A Bursary Award of up to £5000. To apply you will need to write directly to the R&A at the following address: The R&A, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, KY16 9JD.

MCC University Centre of Cricketing Excellence

The University in association with Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University have formed the Cardiff/Glamorgan Centre for Cricketing Excellence, as part of a national scheme run by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The Cardiff/Glamorgan Centre is one of only six UK Centres that have been developed to ensure that the best young cricketers can combine higher education with opportunities to develop their cricket. In 2007 and 2009 the Cardiff/Glamorgan Centre won the championship and in 2010 the BUCS league.

What will the programme offer?

  • High quality cricket facilities (use of the new Indoor Cricket Centre in Cardiff and first class pitches)
  • A full-time coach
  • Sports Science and medical support
  • A playing programme which includes early season matches against first class counties, MCCU matches and BUCS Premier League matches.

For more information on the Cricket MCCU, please attend the Freshers Fair which is on the Treforest Campus on Tuesday, 18 September. For further information on this scheme contact Kelvin Hughes (