Football scholarships for men

Our football scholarships offer a fantastic package of support including training, competition and funding support to fit alongside academic studies.

At Stirling, we bring together high-performance coaches, excellent facilities, innovative sports science, strength and conditioning, physiotherapy and performance mentoring. We also have five high-quality grass football pitches, one of which has floodlights.

We host training for Scottish Premier League side St Johnstone. Our facilities include a 3G pitch and state-of-the-art strength and conditioning suites with 10 Olympic lifting platforms. 

Our football scholars represent the University in the semi-professional Scottish Lowland Football League and the Scottish Cup. Home fixtures for these competitions are played at Forthbank Stadium. Additionally, student sport scholars compete in the British Universities Premier League North, the British Universities Championships, the Queen’s Park Shield, and the Scottish universities and colleges cup.

What our football scholarship offers you

  • A bespoke financial package to cover competitions, training camps and equipment expenses.
  • Academic flexibility allowing athletes to optimise both study and sport.
  • Near full-time training and playing schedule.
  • Opportunity to play in BUCS Premier league and cup competitions.
  • Complimentary membership to the University sports facilities including access to world-class. 50m swimming pool and performance gym.
  • Strength and conditioning support services.
  • Opportunity to stay on campus.
  • Academic scholarships also available to assist with tuition fees.
  • Sport science support
  • Physiotherapy clinics
  • Opportunity to live on campus
  • Essential clothing and equipment
  • Access to coach education courses

Selection criteria

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  1. Hold, or be in the process of applying for, a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at the University of Stirling.
  2. Have junior or senior international honours, or be a former professional at Academy or senior club level.
  3. Take pride in working hard to improve your game.

After being released by Falkirk FC, the University of Stirling provided me with the ideal platform to get back into the professional game and achieve undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the same time!

Kevin Walker, former Falkirk, Livingstone and Berwick Rangers goalkeeper.

Our partners

The Mackay Clinic

The Mackay Clinic kindly sponsors football scholarships. It’s renowned for the invention of its revolutionary Internal Brace by Professor Gordon Mackay. It’s the most significant advance in the treatment of ligaments and tendons in a generation.

Find out more about The Mackay Clinic

Applying for a scholarship

Please complete and return the ISSP application form before 30 June for a September start.

Scholarships are subject to applicants achieving relevant academic entry requirements.

Please also send relevant and recent match footage to accompany your application.

See also

Scholarships for undergraduate students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, EU and International

The University of Stirling offers sports scholarships to undergraduate students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, EU and International with a value of £2,000 per year of study.

Contact us

If you would like to talk to us about our sport scholarships please contact David Bond.