Queen’s Five Academies

Queen’s University Belfast has a proud and unique tradition of producing some of Ireland’s most elite sports people and leaders in business. Queen’s is working with student clubs, governing bodies and alumni networks to develop sporting academies.

Currently there are five academies - Rugby, GAA, Soccer, Rowing and Hockey - with over 35 teams and 600 students competing each year. Add this to the thousands of students active in clubs and societies and sporting alumni worldwide creates a unique collegiate spirit and values base that embodies all that is good about Queen’s.

Rugby & GAA Academy Scholarships are named after Sean O’Neill (Gaelic Football), Jack Kyle (Rugby), Henry Downey (Hurling); sporting legends that have graced the Queen’s jersey with pride.

All our academies aim to support and challenge students by developing areas such as:

  • People – coaching, support staff & students
  • Facilities – training & competition
  • Programmes – scholarships, sports science & academic mentoring

The Academy Foundations continue to be a primary source of funding for the academies, we will also be seeking additional funding from the University and other sources such as Corporate Sponsorship to support the Elite Athlete Programme and Sporting Scholarships. For enquiries please contact:


Alumni Sporting Scholars

  • Philip Jordan

    Queen’s gave me the opportunity to play alongside and learn from some of the best players in Ulster and it was key in developing me into an inter-county footballer.

    Philip Jordan, Accountancy (2001)

  • Hannah McMillan

    Queen’s has helped me through dark days with injury management and I am proud to represent the values, beliefs and ethos of Queen’s Hockey

    Hannah McMillan, Hockey, Pharmacy (2014)

  • Caroline O'Hanlon

    The support and encouragement I have received from Queen’s Sport throughout my education has allowed me to develop and flourish as an athlete

    Caroline O’Hanlon, Ladies Gaelic Football, Medicine (2013)

  • Ian Porter

    My time at Queen’s made me the player and person I am today. Playing Rugby at Queen’s, with some of the best players and coaches in the country, was the best time I’ve had in the sport.

    Ian Porter, (2009)

  • Richard Archibald

    Queen’s Sport and the Queen’s University Boat Club played an important role in supporting me as I trained towards two Olympic Games

    Richard Archibald, Architecture, (1999)

Elite Athlete
Programme (EAP)

  • Fees - £3,000 p/a
  • Accommodation - £2,000 p/a
  • Travel/subsistence allowance
  • Academic mentoring
  • Sports clothing
  • Personal strength + conditioning
  • Academic flexibility
  • Medical support
  • + all other academy benefits
  • Proven Junior or Senior International
  • Participation at Olympic Games, World & European C'ships
  • Meet the academic standards for entry to QUB
  • Part of an International Pathway
  • Highly ranked within their chosen sport
  • Proven record of success
  • Meet specific test scores relevant to sport
14 Elite Athlete Scholarships available annually from 1 September

Academy Benefits


  • Quality coaching
  • Fitness + skill development
  • Academic mentoring
  • Sports clothing
  • Financial awards based on merit
  • Personalised strength + conditioning
  • Academic flexibility
  • Medical support
  • + many more benefits
  • Rugby, GAA, soccer, rowing, hockey
  • Provincial representative players at Junior or Senior level
  • Proven record at School level, i.e College All-Star, Schools Cup winner
  • Top ranked Ulster Academy member or Inter-County Senior/U21
  • Established Inter-County player, e.g started one Senior Championship match
  • Proven record of success at national level
100+ Academy Scholarships available annually from 1 September

Queen’s Sports

  • Bursaries based on merit
  • Free gym membership (PEC)
  • Sports clothing
  • Sports medicine via University Health
  • Personal development programmes
  • Academic flexibility
  • International representative funding
  • Represent non-academy sports
  • Proven record at school level
  • Participation at Commonwealth Games
  • Proven record of success at national level
20+ Ulster Bank Bursaries available annually from 1 September