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 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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Elite Athlete Program support and scholarships

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 the University of Melbourne. Benefits can include:

  • Up to $4,000 to assist with competition and travel costs from High Performance and 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 Aquatic and Fitness Centre 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.

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
  • Cross institutional study if required to temporarily relocate
  • Alternate Exam Arrangements

If you require Alternate Exam Arrangements, you must have Elite Athlete Recognition in place and have obtained a consequent Academic Adjustment Plan from Stop 1. An application for Special Consideration relating to an exam or exams can then be made through your student account.

Elite Athlete Recognition 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
+61 3 9035 3626

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