The Global Institute of Sport is proud to offer an extensive suite of scholarships to support outstanding students as they embark on their postgraduate study. From scholarships to aid our elite athletes, to attracting aspiring sports leaders, and scholarships which support inclusivity and diversity within the sporting industry, our scholarships are there to support students who want to make a meaningful difference to the future of the sporting world.

Scholarships

Applications for scholarships for the September 2024 intake of all our Masters are NOW OPEN with the deadline for submission being Monday 1st July 2024.

Please see below for a full list of scholarships open for applications for September 2024.

Please note, we are adding to our GIS Scholarship portfolio in the coming weeks. Register your interest today to stay up to date!

Global Sports Scholarships
Global Leadership Scholarships

In partnership with our Global Advisory Board we are delighted to offer GIS Global Leadership Scholarships. Candidates can be from any region around the world and have accepted their offer on their chosen programme for the September 2024 intake and should be able to demonstrate commitment, leadership potential and a global outlook in their application.

Scholarships include:

  • Mentorship from an industry leading member of our Global Advisory Board
  • 15% reduction on your tuition fees
  • Ticket to attend a GIS Global Summit of your choice

Eligibility

  • You must be holding an offer for a GIS Masters course
  • Your application should demonstrate commitment, leadership potential and a global outlook
GIS President's Scholarship

For applicants from who truly embody the Global Institute of Sport’s EPICC values - Entrepreneurship, Partnership, Impact, Courage, Curiosity.

Scholarship includes:

  • 15% reduction in Master’s tuition fees
  • Mentorship throughout degree from President of GIS
  • Ticket to global summit of your choice (worth up to £1500)
  • A GIS Professional Education Course

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Scholarships are available to and allocated to students from all regions of the world
  • Demonstrate you share our EPICC values - Entrepreneurship, Partnership, Impact, Courage, Curiosity
Women in Sport Scholarships
GIS Women in Sport Scholarships

For outstanding GIS female applicants with leadership ambitions and a commitment to working with the Global Institute of Sport and partners to increase access for women into the sports industry.

Scholarship includes:

  • 15% reduction in Master’s tuition fees
  • Free access to a GIS Summit or professional education short course for additional CPD 
  • Mentorship with female senior GIS leaders including Sarah Tudor, Executive Dean and Director of Global Education & Experience 
  • Role as a GIS Student Ambassador - specifically involved in strategies to increase access for women into the sports industry 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Female student holding an offer for a GIS Masters course
Athlete Scholarships
GIS Elite Athlete Scholarship

For elite athletes who have competed or are currently competing at an elite level, for example national or international level, in any sport

Scholarship includes:

  • 50% reduction in tuition fees
  • GIS Sports Kit (worth up to $120)
  • Mentorship throughout your degree with GIS Leader
  • Tailored athlete support services are also available

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants who have competed at an elite level, for example, national or international level, in any sport
Inclusion Scholarships
Community First Scholarship - in partnership with the Jason Roberts Foundation
  • Offered in partnership with the Jason Roberts Foundation, the scholarship programme is open to an outstanding applicant holding an offer for any of GIS Master’s programmes. Candidates should have an interest in inclusion and diversity within sport, have the ability to lead, and possess experience with outreach work within a local community.

Scholarship includes: 

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • 6-12 months experience within a sports organisation in their local community (reference from your club/organisation representative) 
South Asians in Football Leadership Scholarship

This first-of-its-kind scholarship is for new postgraduate students of a South Asian heritage who have a passion for increasing participation and representation of South Asians within football. 

Scholarship includes:

  • Mentorship with Dev Trehan, Sky Sports News journalist and British South Asians in football pioneer
  • 15% reduction on your Master’s Tuition Fees
  • Free access to The Inclusive Leadership in Football Award, our industry leading professional qualification delivered in partnership with Kick it Out

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must demonstrate passion for and commitment to increasing participation and representation of South Asians within Football
  • Applicants should have accepted an offer on a GIS Master’s programme for September 2024 intake by the scholarship application deadline of 1st July 2024.
Alumni Scholarships
Dean's Progression Scholarship

For UCFB’s most impressive final year students and recent graduates.

Scholarship Includes: 

  • 25% reduction in Master’s tuition fees
  • Mentorship throughout degree with Dean of GIS School of Sports Business and Management
  • Ticket to Global Summit of your choice (worth up to £1500)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • UCFB final year student (or graduated within the last year) 

 

Alumni Discount

These discounts are open to any UCFB, Buckinghamshire New University and University of East London graduate who has received and accepted an offer to study at postgraduate level with UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport.

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Benefits include: 

  • Generous financial awards 
  • Mentorships with Industry leaders 
  • Placements and internships with industry partners 
  • GIS Professional Education Courses 
  • GIS Global Sports Summits 

The deadline to apply for a scholarship for September 2024 entry is 1 July and to be eligible you must be a current applicant to a GIS Masters course and also have accepted your offer of study by this date.

For any further information please contact the Scholarships team at scholarships@ucfb.com

How to apply

GIS scholarships are highly limited and competitive with far more applicants than available awards. When applying for a scholarship, you must be a current GIS applicant, holding a firmly accepted offer on a master’s programme at GIS for September 2024.

  1. Apply online to a GIS Masters course via our Learner Portal 
  2. You must have firmly accepted an offer on one of our Master’s degree programmes first. Then, return to the Learner Portal and apply for the scholarship online before the appropriate deadline
  3. The deadline for scholarship applications for courses starting in September 2024 is Monday 1st July 2024
  4. Applications will be assessed against eligibility criteria by a panel of university staff and external staff (where relevant), and applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of July
Tuition fee discounts

UCFB and GIS are committed to maximising the employability of its graduates within the exciting football and sports industry. These discounts are open to any UCFB, Buckinghamshire New University and University of East London graduate who has received and accepted an offer to study at postgraduate level with UCFB’s Global Institute of Sport.

Postgraduate loyalty discounts

Award value:

Should you qualify for this discount please contact:  mastersenquiries@ucfb.com

FirstPoint USA Alumni Scholarship

Tuition fee Discounts are available to FirstPoint USA alumni for 2023 entry. Once a FirstPoint USA scholar has completed their programme in the USA, they are entitled to apply for a GIS scholarship.

  • 20% fee tuition discount on all Master's programmes, excluding MSc Sports Directorship
  • 15% fee tuition discount on MSc Sports Directorship and CEO of a Sports Organisation

Should you qualify for this discount please contact: mastersenquiries@ucfb.com

FAQs
Who are the scholarships for?

Our scholarships are for anyone committed to making the most of their time during their Master's studies with us. We are passionate about increasing access to postgraduate study and helping you develop your career in the sports industry. So whether you are progressing directly from your undergraduate degree, have been working in the sports industry or an entirely different industry or are a competing or retired athlete looking to develop your career off the pitch – we have a scholarship for you!

When should I apply for a scholarship?

You should apply for a scholarship once you are holding an offer for one of our Master's programme. You need to have accepted your offer on our Learner Portal by 30 June for your scholarship application to be considered.

When will I find out if I have been successful?

The scholarships team will notify you by the end of July if you have been successful.

How will the money towards my tuition fees be applied?

The money towards your tuition fees will be applied as a deduction at the point of enrolment.

Can I hold a tuition fee discount and a scholarship?

You cannot hold both a graduate/alumni tuition fee discount from GIS and a scholarship with us.

Can I still get a postgraduate loan?

Our scholarships and the government postgraduate loans for UK students are unrelated.

What Professional Education Courses can I access?

We have a range of Professional Education Courses available – find out more.

What does a ticket to a global summit include?

This includes: 

  • Accommodation at a city centre hotel (twin rooms – sharing with another attendee) 
  • ALL Summit activities – match tickets, tours, coach travel to venues where appropriate

The summit ticket does not include:

  • Flights
    • To allow maximum flexibility, attendees are free to make their own travel plans to attend the Summits. UCFB/GIS is able to advise and support with this. 
  • Food & drink / general spending money 
  • Visa 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Public transport costs
What is The Inclusive Leadership in Football Award?

The Inclusive Leadership in Football Award is a professional education course for aspiring leaders that introduces learners to a range of issues related to equality, diversity and inclusion in football.

What will the mentorship involve?

Your industry mentor will use the benefit of their knowledge, experience and networks to guide and advise you in your personal and professional growth throughout your time with us and likely beyond. At the start of your mentorship we will support you in getting to know each other and agreeing how and how often you will meet. Mentorships are hugely beneficial to students as they are developing their career as they help you grow your skills, make better decisions and gain new perspectives on your life and career.

What will a work placement or internship involve?

Depending on the nature of the work placement and the organisation, you will typically spend a defined period of time working in a role or a project within that organisation whilst being supported by a key member of staff. This could be for a period of time each week for the duration of your degree or it could be over a shorter period of time. We will support you in preparing you for the experience and throughout your time with us.

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GIS MSc Performance Analysis in Football student working with Barrow AFC as part of GIS scholarship
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Aloka Kapoor-Parsons, Community First Scholarship recipient
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