Awards of up to £1000 in any sport to those with aspirations to compete nationally or internationally.

Key information

Awards up to £1000

Available to students studying during 2016/17 academic year

Application deadlines: 

Round 2

  • Application deadline 26 August
  • Interviews 12–16 September (am/pm)

The Developing Excellence Scheme (DES) provides support to student athletes to help aid sporting development whilst studying at Imperial. DES awards have been allocated in a wide range of sports, including track cycling, squash, sailing, lacrosse and athletics.

Last year (2013/14) we had 18 students receive a DES scholarship.

About the scholarship


You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a scholarship

Sporting Criteria

  • performing to a high standard in your chosen sport
  • have aspirations to compete nationally and internationally representing Imperial in BUCS or other approved competitions

Academic Criteria

  • scholarships are available to current and prospective students*
  • scholarships are available whether you are studying as an undergraduate or a postgraduate
  • you must make satisfactory progress academically
  • you must reapply annually to have your scholarship renewed

* prospective students should check which year of entry the current round of scholarships are being awarded. You cannot apply for a scholarship a year in advance.


You can be awarded up to the maximum of £1000 from the DES scheme. 

As well as the funding, we are also able to offer the following benefits to our scholars:

  • strength and conditioning session
  • physiotherapy and sports massage sessions
  • Sport Imperial branded kit
  • access to lifestyle support
  • access to skills workshop
  • access to a sports psychologist
  • access to a nutrition advisor
  • opportunity to win 'Scholar of the Month'

Financial support

Any financial support received can only be used for the following areas:

  • competition and training expenses (travel, event accommodation etc.)
  • coaching
  • kit and equipment

Our expectations - terms and conditions

In return for this support, you will be required to:

  • represent Imperial in all British University and Colleges Sports (BUCS) competitions
  • be available for selection for all other representative student sport events
  • keep Sport Imperial fully informed of progress and results
  • acknowledge support of Sport Imperial in all communications with the media
  • provide end of season review for website and other promotional materials

How to apply

"Please note: This round of scholarships are only for students undertaking courses at Imperial in the 2017/18 academic year. If you are starting Imperial in September 2018, please apply next year."

Application process

  1. Complete the application form online
  2. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an informal interview and informed of decisions in writing

Application deadline: 31 August 2017

Interview dates :  TBC