Rob Saunders Rugby Scholarship at QUB

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Rugby players, are you heading to college this September? The deadline for the Rob Saunders Rugby Scholarship for QUB is fast approaching. Make sure you apply online before 16th August 2019.

Who is Rob Saunders?

Rob Saunders graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a degree in Politics in 1990. A hugely successful school and university rugby player, he went on to captain the Ireland team in 1991 as one of its youngest ever captains, winning 12 caps between 1991 and 1994.

Rob acknowledges the great start he had at Queen’s, both for his sporting and professional life. He recognises that for some, a challenging economic or social background will make it more difficult to fulfil their potential at Queen’s, particularly if they are also involved in sport at a senior level.

Against this background, Rob has most generously decided to set up a Scholarship to fund one talented rugby player (male or female) for three years at Queen’s, enabling them to take full advantage of membership of Queen’s Rugby Club whilst completing their academic studies.

About the Rob Saunders Rugby Scholarship

This scheme will pay full undergraduate fees for three years to one student joining Queen’s in 2019. There will be an additional, annual cash bursary of £3,500 paid to the Scholar to support living expenses, travel etc. The successful student will fulfil criteria as set out below, will be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to Queen’s Rugby and will agree to comply with the performance standards for rugby as determined through the Queen’s Performance Sport unit. This will include regular review meetings, monitoring systems and annual review with Queen’s Performance Sport staff and relevant coaches.

You can apply for the scholarship when you have a confirmed offer from Queen’s. The Scholarship will be awarded once attendance at Queen’s has been confirmed, so you should continue with your application for a Student Loan in the meantime. Any fees paid through the Student Loan system will be reimbursed when the Scholarship is awarded.

If you have any questions please email David Chambers, Rugby Development Officer at


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