Elite Sport

The University of Galway has a long and successful tradition of helping to produce some of Ireland’s finest sporting talent. This is a tradition we seek to enhance and progress into the future by significantly supporting the elite student athlete as well as developing high performance supports for key focus sports.

University of Galway Elite Athlete Scholarship

This scheme has been running for several years and has been one of the most successful schemes in the country in supporting young, talented athletes reaching the top of their sport and achieving academic excellence.

Among our current and past scholars are Olympic medallists, National Champions and Internationals in Rugby, Rowing, Boxing, Swimming, Basketball, Athletics, Windsurfing, Climbing and Sailing amongst others.  Our GAA teams can boast of All Ireland Champions in Football, Ladies Football, Camogie and Hurling at senior, u21 and minor levels.

The Scholarship program has been strategically developed not just to reward their ability and previous performances but to assist these young athletes develop their sporting ability hand in hand with their academic progress by putting in place the necessary supports.

The benefits of being a scholarship holder include:

  •  A subsistence grant
  • Coaching support
  • Medical and Physiotherapy support
  • Performance Nutrition
  • Performance Psychology
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Performance planning and mentoring. 
  • Career Development Support 

The Sports Unit Team in the University of Galway are there to help each scholar achieve their potential both on and off the field.