Female tennis players congratulate each other

Tennis scholarships

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

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

We're proud to support performance tennis in Scotland and run a programme of excellence based at the Scottish National Tennis Centre. The centre includes six indoor acrylic, two outdoor clay and two outdoor artificial courts.

Gordon Reid with tennis award

Stirling tennis champion Gordon Reid

Former Stirling student Gordon Reid has won the Austalian Open Grand Slam in the wheelchair final and won gold in tennis at the Paralympics 2016. 

Gordon still trains at the Scottish National Tennis Centre on campus. 

We’re recognised as a Performance University by the Tennis Foundation for its comprehensive level of support for students.

We compete in the British Universities National Premier League, European Universities Games and Championships, and LTA Team Tennis. At the 2017 European Universities Tennis Championships we won silver in the women's Championships and finished 5th in the men’s Championships.

Players also compete in national mainstream sport including, British Tour, ITF Futures, Challenger and WTA and ATP Tour. Current scholars Jonny O’Mara, Scott Duncan and Maia Lumsden hold ATP and WTA world rankings.

The quality of courses, academic flexibility and the sports facilities Stirling has to offer create the ideal environment for elite athletes to train and compete whilst working towards a respected degree.

Colin Fleming, Former Davis Cup Player, National Coach and First Class Honours Graduate

What our tennis scholarship offers you

  • Extensive coaching support with Head of Tennis Euan McGinn and Women's Head Tennis Coach Nicolas Rosenzweig.
  • An integrated performance programme with Tennis Scotland and Beaconhurst School accessing further support from Mark Walker (Head Coach, Beaconhurst School and Ruaridh Mcloed (Assistant Head Coach Beaconhurst School) and graduates Colin Fleming (National Coach) and Joe Gill (Performance Coach).
  • Up to 20 hours court time per week at the Scottish National Tennis Centre.
  • Strength and conditioning training four times per week and delivered by Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Josh Walsh.
  • Sports psychology support with Dr. John Mathers, currently working with Jamie Murray and Gordon Reid.
  • Essential clothing and equipment
  • Funding up to 11,000 per annum to subsidise competition entry, travel and other sports-related costs.
  • Academic flexibility
  • Opportunity to stay on campus

Selection criteria

To be considered for a tennis 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 tennis competitions at junior level or beyond.
  3. Take pride in working hard to improve your game.

Our partners

Our partners are Tennis Scotland, LTATennis Foundation and Thorlos.

Applying for a scholarship

Please complete and return the ISSP application form before 31 July for a September start.

Scholarships are subject to applicants achieving relevant academic entry requirements.

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.