Sports Management Scholarship Programme 2021 for Dual-Career Athletes and Member Association Staff

June 14, 2021

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) in partnership with the World Academy of Sport (WAoS) have opened a new cycle of scholarships for WAoS’ and the University of London’s Postgraduate Certificate in International Sports Management.

The programme provides unique opportunities for dual-career athletes who have chosen to pursue their education without giving up their elite sporting life. It also offers talent already employed within the badminton family the chance to learn new skills.

Last year, BWF received more than 70 applications from over 35 countries, and a total of 11 candidates started the programme in February 2021.

For the September 2021 cycle, BWF and WAoS are once again offering similar opportunities, with one fully funded scholarship, and ten 25 per cent scholarships.

The course is 100 per cent online and can be completed over a period of up to five years, recognising that athletes and industry professionals require varying levels of learning at different stages in their careers as many have limited time available.


In order to be eligible, applicants should have:

  • An existing undergraduate degree (e.g., bachelor degree) or a minimum of 5-8 years of relevant work experience and professional references; and
  • An English language level of IELTS: at least 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in the written test or other equivalent proficiency certification [link]; plus
  • Be in good standing with their Member Association.

September 2021 Intake

Scholarship and UOL Application Submission Opens 15 May 2021
Scholarship and UOL Application Submission Deadline 16 July 2021
Tuition payment deadline (if applicable) 01 September 2021

Applications can be made through the online application using the Scholarship ID Code: BWF2021. The deadline to submit is 16 July 2021. BWF will notify successful applicants mid-August 2021.

For more information contact: [email protected].

Note: Application form must be completed in English.