Sports Management Scholarship Programme 2022 for Dual-Career Athletes and Member Association Staff

November 29, 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.

For the last intake, BWF received more than 24 applications from over 17 countries and a total of five candidates started the programme in September 2021.

Now, BWF has a total of 16 candidates now enrolled in the programme. (link)

For the February 2022 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.

February 2022 Intake

Scholarship and UOL Application Submission Opens 29 November 2021
Scholarship and UOL Application Submission Deadline 12 December 2021
Tuition payment deadline (if applicable) 10 January 2022

Applications can be made directly on the online platform here. The deadline to submit is 12 December 2021. BWF will notify successful applicants within two weeks after the application closed.

For more information contact: [email protected].