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There are a number of award, bursary and scholarship opportunities open to students at the University of Cambridge. Those interested in applying will already have been admitted to the University. For more information see the University Bursary Scheme and individual College websites.

We also have several funds to support available to support University athletes. Full information can be found below:


The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

Launched in April 2004, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is designed to help promising young athletes who want to balance their sporting ambitions with a University or college education.

If you would like to be considered for the TASS Scheme, please contact your National Governing Body to see if you are eligible. 

You can find out more about TASS here


UCAPP - University of Cambridge Athlete Performance Programme

The University of Cambridge Athlete Performance Programme (UCAPP) has been established to offer high performance athletes at undergraduate or post graduate level the opportunity of a professional and co-ordinated support services network in order to improve their performance as an athlete. This programme has been set up thanks to the kind generosity of Mark Hanson (Girton, 1985) who was a Modern Pentathlete during his time at Cambridge.

This programme aims to provide core services that any high performance athlete would benefit from including Lifestyle management, Physiotherapy, Strength and Conditioning, Nutrition advice, Sports Psychology support and Gym membership.

To find out more information, please click here.


The Eric Evans Fund 

The Eric Evans Fund was set up in 1996 following a benefaction from the friends and colleagues of the late Eric Evans, a graduate of St Catharine’s College who gained a Full Blue playing for the University Football Club against Oxford in 1975 and 1976. 

The Fund Managers consist of the Director of Sport and two other members elected by the University's Sports Committee.

The Fund has two main purposes, to support high level athletes who compete at national or international level, and to support students who wish to do coaching or officiating qualifications. 


University of Cambridge students who are currently performing at a national level should apply to the fund for support. Athletes could be representing the University of Cambridge in European or World Student competitions or competing in international competitions and representing themselves or their country.  

Although all applications will be considered, the maximum individual award made by the fund managers is normally £300. Funds are often used to assist with competition related costs including travel, entry fees and accommodation.   

Coaching / Officiating  

The fund will also support students wishing to take an officiating or coaching qualification as long as this can be demonstrated to benefit sport or physical activity at the University, College or the local community. Support is not limited to your first qualification so if you want to progress in your coaching or officiating career please also apply to the Eric Evans fund for support.  

If you do not yet have a place booked on a course but intend to do so, we would offer an “in principle” award to be made when the place is secured. 

Application Process  

The fund is open all year round and applications are welcome at any time. Awards are reviewed no more than once a term; therefore applications received after a meeting or out of term time will take longer to process. If a decision is required urgently, please make this clear on your completed application and send an email using the address below.  

The link to the application form can be found here.  

If you have any questions, please email


The Hawks Charitable Trust

The Trust was established in January 1996 with a relatively small endowment capital, donated by some of the members to provide grants to current Cambridge University students whose sporting activities were being inhibited by financial constraints.

For more information on this Trust, including the criteria required for application, please see the Hawks Website.

Applications usually open in February.