After a successful pilot in 2020, the AIS Athlete Education Scholarship program has been expanded to include all categorised athletes with a total of $200,000 available to support athletes with their education costs.
"The combination of sport and study is a winning mix"AIS Director, Matti Clements
The benefit of studying whilst a high performance athlete are:
- committing yourself to pursuits that benefit you for life following your athlete career
- providing for the ability to advance your knowledge in a particular field, either as an interest or for future career options
- contributing to your professional development
- providing an alternate experience to accompany your daily training environment and participation in competitions
- providing the ability to inspire and share study experience for the benefit of others, including other athletes
There are two rounds of applications for the AIS Athlete Education Scholarship Program in 2021-22.
The applications dates are:
- Applications open
Round 2: 28 March 2022
- Applications close
Round 2: 18 April 2022
- Successful applicants notified
Round 2: May/June 2022
Funding Amounts and Timeframe
A total funding pool of $200,000 is available for allocation through the Athlete Education Scholarship Program.
The maximum scholarship amount available to any individual is $5,000.
Scholarship amounts will be determined by the AIS as part of the assessment process. The amounts may vary between applicants and may not be the full amount applied for.
The unit or course of study for which a Scholarship is awarded, must be successfully completed by the applicant by 31 December 2022.
Who is eligible to apply for a Scholarship?
To be eligible to apply for an 2021-22 Athlete Education Scholarship, an athlete must:
a) At the time of application, be categorised by their National Sporting Organisation (NSO) as Podium, Podium Potential, Podium Ready, Developing or Emerging within the AIS Athlete Categorisation Framework in 2022;
b) Be intending to enrol, currently enrolled, or part way through a course/unit of study in period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022*,
Have already successfully completed (at a pass level or greater) a course/unit of study in a previous academic semester in period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 and can provide academic transcripts to make a retrospective claim.
Any study must be for an Approved Course (as defined below);
c) Have no anti-doping rule violations or match fixing offences at any time.
*All applicants will be required to provide evidence of successfully completed unit or course of study for which the Scholarship was awarded by 31 December 2022, at a pass level or greater.
Applicants who have received an AIS Education Scholarship in previous years are ineligible.
What can the Scholarship money be used for?
Scholarship funds can only be used by the applicant as a contribution towards course fees for a single semester of study (in the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022) in an Approved Course. In the event of a retrospective claim by the applicant, the funds may be used as a reimbursement for course fees already paid toward study completed in the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
An ‘Approved Course’ is a recognised Australian University degree or TAFE course from an educational institution that is part of the Elite Athlete Education Network (EAEN). A listing of educational institutions can be found at https://www.ais.gov.au/career-and-education/eaen;
Note that successful applicants will be required to provide evidence to substantiate the eligible course fees incurred or payable by them before any Scholarship funding will be paid.
If you have any questions regarding the Athlete Education Scholarship program, please email AthleteEducationScholarship@ausport.gov.au.