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Swimming scholarships

Our swimming scholarships offer you a fantastic package of coaching, training, competition and funding support to fit in alongside your studies.

At Stirling we bring together high performance coaches, excellent facilities, innovative sport science, strength and conditioning and performance mentoring.

We're proud to support performance swimming in Scotland and run a high performance programme based at the Scottish National Swimming Academy. Our facilities include a six lane 50m swimming pool which can be split into two 25m pools, land conditioning room, state-of-the-art sports science laboratories, and strength and conditioning suites.

Swimming success at Stirling

Our long-established performance swimming programme has helped to produce Olympic, Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth medal winners.

Our scholarships allow you to focus on a dual career of study and sport, with a sporting focus on preparing student athletes for Scottish and British trials, major Games and Championships. The programme enjoys a unique and relaxed atmosphere. It is individually tailored to help swimmers meet their goals. Our experience helps you to establish an appropriate balance between study, training, competition, rest and recovery, creating longevity to your swimming career.

Coming to Stirling proved to be the best decision I have ever made, helping me to realise my full potential.

Todd Cooper, Double Olympian

What our swimming scholarship offers you

  • Professional swimming coaching services from Head Performance Swim Coach Steven Tigg, Performance Swim Coach Brad Hay and Assistant Performance Swim Coach Josh Williamson
  • Access to the National Swimming Academy facilities
  • More than 20 hours pool time per week
  • Three strength and conditioning sessions training each week
  • Sports science and performance assessment support
  • Regular winter training camps abroad
  • Essential clothing and equipment
  • Funding to subsidise competition entry, travel and other sports-related costs
  • Academic flexibility
  • Opportunity to stay on campus

Selection criteria

To be considered for a swimming 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 a profile in national swimming competitions at junior level or beyond.
  3. Have qualified for an Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) national final.
  4. Take pride in working hard to improve your ability.

Applying for a scholarship

Please complete and return the ISSP application form before 15 January (UCAS deadline) for a September start.

Scholarships are offered, subject to achieving relevant academic entry requirements before the end of June.

See also

UK and overseas sports scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or from outside the EU who meet both the sport-specific and academic qualification criteria.

Winning Students scholarships

We are a network member of Winning Students, Scotland's national sports scholarship programme. It provides funding support and academic flexibility to athletes studying in colleges and universities. 

Contact us

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

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