Elite Athlete Program

The University of Melbourne has a long and proud tradition of supporting student-athletes in their sporting and academic pursuits.

For more than 150 years, students have combined study and sport as part of the Melbourne Experience. Elite athletes from the University have competed in over 150 events at the Olympic Games, and student-athletes and sporting alumni continually represent Australia in a variety of sporting teams each and every year.

The Roadmap for a Return to Sport

*Resumption of all activities, timelines and numbers listed below are pending Victorian Government and University approval and are subject to change*

Stage 4: Lock-down (First Step) - From 14 September

Virtual Strength and Conditioning classes

Stage 3: Stay at Home (Second Step) - From 28 September and when 30-50 cases per day

Virtual Strength and Conditioning classes

Stage 2: Go Outside (Third Step) - From 19 October and less than 5 cases with an unknown source in the last 14 days

Heavily restricted access to indoor facilities with limited participants (up to 20 per session)

Stage 1: Stay Aware (Last Step) - When no new cases for 14 days

Restricted access with increased participant numbers

Stage 0 – COVID Normal - When thresholds are met

Further increases to participant numbers


The Elite Athlete Program aims to:

  • Assist elite and emerging student-athletes with a designated entry scheme
  • Support elite and emerging athletes in achieving academic success and vocational transition
  • Develop University of Melbourne Sporting clubs through the support of elite and emerging athletes
  • Instil student-athletes with a life-long affinity to the University community
  • Develop leaders and role models in sport, business and the community

The Elite Athlete Program operates by:

  • Recognising elite student-athletes and supporting them with flexible study assistance
  • Supporting elite and emerging student-athletes with a range of financial and in-kind support
  • The University of Melbourne is a member of the Australian Institute of Sport's Elite Athlete Education Network.
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New and returning student-athletes in 2021

Elite Athlete Program applications for student-athletes thinking about commencing their studies at the University of Melbourne in 2021 to receive a conditional offer of support are now closed. Students who have already submitted applications will receive an offer outlining the support they can expect if they decide to study at the University of Melbourne in 2021.

General Elite Athlete Program applications for all other new and returning students will open on 9 November 2020.

The Elite Athlete Program provides elite and emerging student-athletes with financial and in-kind support to assist them to reach their potential whilst studying at Melbourne. Benefits can include:

  • Up to $4,000 to assist with competition and travel costs from Friends of the Sports Association Scholarships
  • Physiotherapy services (fully or partially subsidised with on-campus practice Elite Akademy
  • Professional Strength and Conditioning coaching and programming
  • 12 month Student Aquatic and Fitness (ScholarFit) membership
  • Subsidies for inter-varsity representative sporting events

Supported student-athletes undertake to represent the University of Melbourne at appropriate inter-varsity championships or events during the term of their support.

Elite Athlete Entry Scheme

The University encourages international, national and state representation in sports and artistic performance and recognises the positive alignment that elite training and participation has to the University’s academic mission.

This Entry Scheme provides a conditional entry offer to students assessed as elite athletes who intend to study at the University of Melbourne.

Full details, including the Entry Scheme application form, are here.

View our 2019 Elite Athlete Program Scholarship holders Download PDF

Current Students

Elite Athlete Recognition

Elite Athlete Recognition can provide flexible study assistance for recognised elite student-athletes, including:

  • Timetabling to suit sporting commitments
  • Renegotiation of assignment and assessment deadlines
  • Flexibility around meeting minimum attendance requirements
  • Alternate Exam Arrangements - Flexible Study Assistance Request Form

If you require Flexible Study Assistance for an exam, you must complete a Flexible Study Assistance Request Form in addition to an application for Elite Athlete Recognition

Cross institutional study if required to temporarily relocate

Elite Athlete Recognition Application (PDF)

Alternative Exam Application (PDF)

International Travel Grants

Additional financial assistance of up to $1,500 may be available to eligible elite athletes. Applications are open all year round; however, grants are subject to the availability of funding.

Applicants must satisfy all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be selected to represent their country in a National Team at a junior or senior level
  • Be competing at an overseas competition
  • Be currently enrolled at the University of Melbourne

International Travel Grant Application (PDF)

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Contact Us

For more information regarding the Elite Athlete Program contact:

Brendan Parnell
Elite Athlete Program Coordinator
elite-athletes@unimelb.edu.au
+61 3 9035 3626

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