Sports Scholarships


New Entrant Sports Scholarships

The New Entrant Sports Scholarship is designed to support talented athletes on their journey of combining a top-class third level education and the highest standards of performance in their chosen sport(s). We also consider applications on a case-by-case basis in other sports from athletes who demonstrate an ability to compete at Junior or Senior International level.

  1. Applicants will be required to submit the online application form available here.
  2. Applicants are also required to submit an official confirmation letter from a County Board, League of Ireland Soccer Club (or senior equivalent) or Basketball Area Board confirming that the applicant is a member and a regular starting player of an Inter-county GAA (minor, u20 or senior), League of Ireland (or senior equivalent) panel or Basketball International Ireland panel/Academy/National League team. Other Team Sports – Letter from National Governing Body (NGB) or Sports Association confirming that you have competed at an advanced level and displayed outstanding potential e.g. National, or International. Individual athletes are required to provide evidence of competing at international level. This letter should be submitted after submission of your application and upon request from
  3. Closing date for applications is 1 July 2023. Applications will not be permitted after the closing date.

In order to be eligible for the award of a scholarship, applicants must be:

  1. A new entrant entering on a full-time programme at ATU Donegal for the first time in 2022/23. This includes a person entering:
    • the first year of a full-time undergraduate programme, or
    • as advanced entry on a subsequent year of an undergraduate programme, or
    • a full-time student on a postgraduate programme.

  2. And the applicant must:
    • be/have been a member of a GAA Inter-county team (Minor, U20 or Senior) and a regular starting player in the current year or in the previous 12-24 months.
    • be/have been a member of a League of Ireland Soccer team and a regular starting player in the current year.
    • be/have been a member of an Irish International Underage Basketball panel or Academy or National League team and a regular starting player in the current year or in the previous 18 months.
    • be/have been a member of a team sport competing at National/International level outside of GAA, Soccer and Basketball and displayed outstanding potential and a regular starting player in the current year or in the previous 18 months.
    • have demonstrated an ability to compete as a Junior or Senior International and would normally have competed at European/World Championship level in an individual sport recognised by Student Sport Ireland

Successful applicants will be offered a scholarship of €1500 or €750. In subsequent years, successful candidates will be considered for further annual scholarships of €1500 or €750 provided they continue to meet the eligibility criteria and performance criteria.

Additional benefits of being a New Entrant Scholarship holder include:

  • Free Membership of the ATU Donegal Fitness Suite and High-Performance Gym
  • Educational Workshops
  • Academic and Sports Mentoring
  • Strength & Conditioning Programmes
  • Compete at Highest Level in Intervarsity/College Sport
  • Coaching support
  • Career Guidance Support
  • ATU Donegal Sports Merchandise
  • Physiotherapy and Injury Rehabilitation

  1. Conditional offers will be made within 1 month of the closing date.
  2. Only those who have accepted a valid offer of a full-time place, and are registered at ATU Donegal, will receive the New Entrant Sports Scholarship award.
  3. All decisions made by the Sports Scholarship Committee are final.
  4. The Scholarship in only available in the year in which it is offered. It may not be deferred

Payment of all New Entrant Sports Scholarship Awards will be made to the successful applicant, following evidence of registration onto a full-time programme at ATU Donegal, being obtained by the Sports Office.

Payment of the New Entrant Sports Scholarship will be made to the successful candidate in 3 instalments as follows:

  • The first instalment will be paid to the payee in November,
  • The second instalment will be paid in February, subject to the candidate passing examinations.
  • The third instalment will be paid in June, subject to progressing to the next academic year.

For queries in relation to the New Entrant Sports Scholarship programme please contact Michael Murphy, Head of Sport at

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Gaelic Football
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Gaelic Football
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Gaelic Football
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Gaelic Football
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Gaelic Football
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Gaelic Football
Dylan Woods
Emma Dolan
Eoin deBúrca
Gaelic Football
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Hollie Marie Gallagher
Michael Harris
Niamh Moohan
Oisin Marley
Shaun McDermott
Tobi Hudson

Full-Time Sports Scholarship

The LYIT Full-Time Sports Scholarship is aimed at any existing and registered full-time students who have demonstrated the ability to progress their sporting endeavours during the academic year, when representing LYIT, and externally with their club/representative team. The value of the scholarship ranges from €500 - €1,000.

Additional benefits of being a sports scholarship holder include:

  • Free membership to LYIT Fitness Suite
  • Compete at Highest Level in Intervarsity/College Sport
  • Career Guidance Support
  • LYIT Sports Merchandise
  • Assistance from Maths and Communication Learning Support Services.

ATU Donegal/GPA Postgraduate Sports Scholarship

This recently launched ATU Donegal/GPA (Gaelic Players Association) partnership allows for up to 4 fully funded, postgraduate places to male and female members of the GPA who wish to study at ATU Donegal. The value of each scholarship is up to €5,750 for one year only and will be delivered through a full or partial fee waiver where necessary. ATU Donegal will contribute 50% of the programme fee to a maximum of €2,875 with the GPA contributing the remaining 50% of the programme fee to a maximum of €2,875. If the programme fee is higher than €5,750 then the successful applicant will be liable for any shortfall that may exist.

Submission of an applications requires two simple steps:

(a) GPA members must apply to their programme of choice at ATU Donegal through the normal procedures. Click here for full list of ATU Donegal postgraduate courses available and application details.

(b) Applicants must subsequently apply directly to the GPA for the ATU Donegal/GPA postgraduate scholarship providing details of the postgraduate programme they have applied for at ATU Donegal.

Further details on these scholarships and eligibility criteria contact and