Sports Scholarship Information

AIT has operated a sports scholarship scheme since 1996 for students who have reached, or have the potential to reach, a very high standard of performance in their chosen sport.

Under the scheme, 9 Gold and 51 Academy scholarships were awarded for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Scholarship now operates on two levels. A Gold Scholarship is worth up to the value of €1,000 in supports which includes use of our sports facilities, physical therapy, one on one strength & conditioning coaching, functional screening assessments, cookery demonstrations, academic support, nutritional advice, lifestyle management and sports psychology. An Academy level scholarship includes many of the supports listed above for those aspiring to the Gold level.

Each scholarship is awarded for a period of one year, but may be renewed for up to a maximum of four years. Students pursuing higher study after the four year threshold will be considered for additional years.

Sports scholarship recipients must adhere to the institute’s sports scholarship regulations, a copy of which must be signed by those offered the scholarship from the Sports Department at the annual scholarship induction.

Further details of the scheme may be obtained from your local school/college or directly from David McHugh (AIT Assistant Sports Officer) in the Sports Department via email at or by phone + 353 (0)90 6468022.

The 2019-2020 academic year Sports Scholarship application deadline passed at 5pm on Monday the 2nd of September. The application deadline for 2020-2021 applications will be at 5pm on Tuesday the 1st of September 2020. 2018-19 academic year Scholarship students returning to the Institute should contact the Sports Department. 

Elite Sports Persons Entry Scheme (Points Waiver Scheme) 

AIT has put in place for all its undergraduate degree courses an academic entrance scheme for elite sportspersons. A number of places will be reserved for outstanding candidates who have reached a very high standard of sporting achievement, through performance or coaching, and who are committed to further developing their sporting and academic careers.

Applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirements for Level 7 and/or Level 8 degrees at the Institute. In addition, applicants must have reached a specified sports standard to be eligible for this very competitive scheme and selection of successful candidates will be based on a range of criteria, including sporting achievements.

The 2019-2020 academic year Elite Sports Persons Entry Scheme application deadline passed at 5pm on Wednesday the 1st of May of 2019. The closing date for applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year is Friday 1st May 2020. Further details of the Elite Entry Scheme directly from the admission officer on + 353 (0) 646 8130.

Elite Sportsperson’s Pathway (Supplementary Information Form)