Funding for Individual Athletes

Funding is provided to individual student athletes both directly and through clubs and colleges. Funding is only provided to current students of the University of Oxford and is not availabe to prospective students until they have taken up their place at Oxford. The individual funding streams available to Oxford students are: - 

Vincent’s Awards

Each year Vincent’s Club offers awards for outstanding scholar athletes who have displayed excellence in sport, strong academic performance, leadership qualities, and a willingness to participate in outreach activities. Last year £30,000 was awarded in the form of six named scholarships and 14 Awards. In 2021, we welcomed the addition of the Bannister Award (the first of two annual major scholarships endowed by generous Vincent's Club members in memory of the late Sir Roger Bannister). The Bannister Award will be worth up to £10,000 per annum. 

Any individual who will be a student at the University of Oxford in the academic year of 2022-23 is eligible to apply if they play one of the University’s officially registered sports. 

For more information and to apply please visit the Vincent's Club website and for specific queries please email Applications for 22-23 are currently open and the closing date is the 11th of March 2022. 

Richard and Eliza Blackwell Sports Scholarship

The Richard and Eliza Blackwell Sports Scholarship is an annual award of £500 to one individual. The award must be spent on kit, travel, competition and training. This award is open to all students, from any sport, who are continuing to study at Oxford in the next academic year. The award is intended to provide extra financial and sporting support for elite athletes (county, national and international level) and reward commitment to both University and high-level sport.

This scholarship can be applied for via the Performance Athlete Application, which can be found via on our Blues Performance Scheme page, with applications for 2021-22 opening on the 10th August.

College Funding

Individual colleges, in some cases, offer funding or reimbursed for sports related expenses. Different colleges offer different levels of funding so the best way to find out is to contact your college directly to see if they can offer financial support.

Further Assistance

The Sports Federation can also support you you when applying for grants or awards, by reviewing your application, providing advice or providing a supporting statement if requested. If you would like our support with any application for funding, please email us via