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.

Any students competing at a national or international level in any Olympic, Commonwealth Games or FISU (Summer or Winter Games, Championship & World Cup) sport or who are members of a professional players association can be supported by the University's Elite Athlete Program with academic flexibility and training environment provision.

Applications for new and returning 2024 student-athletes are now open and will close on 4 March 2024.

Elite Athlete Program support:

High Performance and Friends of Sport Scholarships are available to all applicants for the Elite Athlete Program and provide:

  • Up to $4,000 to assist with competition and travel costs
  • Physiotherapy services with on-campus practice Elite Akademy
  • Professional Strength and Conditioning coaching and programming
  • 12 month Aquatic and Fitness Centre membership
  • International Travel Grants for students representing their country overseas at benchmark events

There is also a range of specific Sports Scholarships (listed below) that have independent application processes:

The University of Melbourne's Elite Athlete Program is designed 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 through Elite Athlete Recognition
  • Supporting elite and emerging student-athletes with a range of financial and in-kind support
  • The University of Melbourne being a member of the Australian Institute of Sport's Elite Athlete Education Network.
Elite Athlete and Artistic Performers 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.

Contact Us

For more information regarding the Elite Athlete Program contact:

Brendan Parnell
Elite Athlete Program Coordinator
+61 3 9035 3626