University of Sydney Australia Elite Athlete Program for International and Domestic Students

Elite Athlete Program

Course(s) Offered: Any discipline
Course Level: Undergraduate
Provider: Sydney University
Country to Study in: Australia

Scholarship Description
Sydney University offers the Elite Athlete Program for international and domestic students athletes. You must not be a student at Sydney to participate, and receiving an offer of sporting scholarship (and membership to the Elite Athlete Program) does NOT equate to receiving an offer of admission to study at The University of Sydney.

Pursuing excellence in sport and tertiary studies simultaneously can be especially challenging. With access to a comprehensive suite of benefits and services, alongside the help and encouragement of skilled and dedicated staff; Elite Athlete Program members can find the balance to realise their potential.

Want to join the proud and distinguished group of graduates, who are leaders both on and off the sporting field? Then you NEED to be with Sydney University.

1). What is expected of sporting scholarship holders?
Amongst other expectations, Program members are obligated to:
  • Undertake tertiary-level studies, preferably at The University of Sydney; and
  • Represent Sydney University in their sport. 
2). Are sporting scholarships available to international students?
Yes. Domestic and international student athletes can be awarded membership of the Elite Athlete Program.

3). Can I study part-time?
Typically, sporting scholarships are awarded regardless of the study load you choose. However, certain scholarships do imply a minimum study load, in which case we will advise you accordingly. We encourage all prospective members to check that part-time study is offered for their particular degree program by contacting their relevant university.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries

Fields of study
Both full- and part-time study programs are eligible. However, certain scholarships imply a minimum study load, so prospective members should check that part-time study is offered for their particular degree program

Sponsorship duration
Support is usually provided for one year at a time, with commencement dependent on your sport. If your sport is athletics, cricket, or water polo; your scholarship will run according to the financial year rather than the calendar year. Current members who wish to be considered for support in subsequent years must reapply each year.

Scholarship benefits
There are two levels of sporting scholarship; elite and talented. All members may receive the benefits and services outlined below, except financial assistance which is only awarded to elite-level scholarship holders. Whether you are provided with an elite or talented-level scholarship, as well as how much financial assistance you’re allotted, will depend on a range of factors including (but not limited to) your recent sporting achievements and academic performance.

Elite Athlete Program members may receive:

1). Financial Assistance: Financial support from $1,000 per annum may be provided to help with subsidising expenses related to studying (e.g. tuition fees and textbooks) and sport (e.g. sporting equipment). Allotments offered, may in some instances, be ‘topped-up’ by scholarship partners, such as Sydney University’s residential colleges and The University of Sydney Business School.

2). International Travel Grants: To assist with alleviating the costs of international travel and competition, up to $1,500 per annum may be awarded to students of The University of Sydney when they are selected to represent Australia in recognised sporting competitions overseas.

3). Academic Advice & Advocacy: Elite Athlete Program staff, in conjunction with university academic and administrative staff, work closely with members to provide knowledgeable advice across several areas including, study load, effective study skills and degree and subject choice. Importantly, guidance and representation may be available for members when flexibility is needed for university attendance and assessment tasks.

4). Career Services: With the support of a designated Academic Counsellor, CareerHQ and our distinguished community of alumni and friends; members may access mentoring, internship and employment opportunities, or assistance with negotiating degree and career direction.

5). Tutoring: Limited complimentary tutoring is offered to members across a broad range of subjects. This service is helpful for those experiencing difficulties with unit of study content or who have missed classes due to sporting commitments.

6). Chaplaincy: Regardless of faith or creed, members may access pastoral care and support when dealing with life issues, including grief and critical incidents. Our chaplains are the ‘go to’ people for general assistance and reliable referrals to services such as counselling and personal development.

7). SUSF Facilities: Members may receive complimentary access to a range of quality sporting facilities. This includes: state-of-the-art high performance facilities in the new TAG Family Foundation Grandstand; cardio and weights at the Arena Sports Centre; and a 50m indoor heated Olympic pool at the University Sports & Aquatic Centre. Access to sport-specific facilities (e.g. boxing gym, tennis courts, etc.), as well as group fitness classes, may be granted on approved request.

8). High Performance Services: To assist with reaching their athletic performance goals, members may access professional and convenient high performance services including:
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Sports dietetics
  • Sports performance psychology
9). Discounted Rates on Sports Medicine Services: At The Sports Clinic located on the University’s main campus, members may receive concessions on often-needed services such as: physiotherapy; podiatry; remedial massage; and acupuncture.

Method of Application
To apply for sporting scholarship/membership to the Elite Athlete Program, visit the official scholarship webpage (link to it is below) click on APPLICATIONS. Follow the instructions provided to complete and submit an online application. Before applying, you should read the 2020 Information Booklet.

There is ONE application period for all sports. On time applications and re-applications OPEN Monday 2nd September 2019 and CLOSE Friday 20th December 2019. Late Applications CLOSE Friday 3rd January 2020

Late applications will be accepted for 2 WEEKS ONLY from the ontime application closing date with additional fees applying for all late applications. Under no circumstances will applications be accepted after the late period has ended for new or returning athletes.

The University of Sydney is Australia's premier University, and prides itself on being the most successful sporting club in terms of national representatives and major competitions. The Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) is the University of Sydney's sporting body. Since 1990, SUSF sporting scholarships and Elite Athlete Program have supported Sydney University’s student athletes to excel in both their sport and studies.

Application Deadline: 20 Dec 2019 || 3 Jan 2020
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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