QUT And Australian Institute Of Sport Deliver $100,000 Initiative
he Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Institute of Sport have partnered to deliver a new scholarship initiative for elite student athletes.
The scholarship initiative will be available to ten chosen elite athletes who are nationally recognised by the AIS categorisation framework, commencing or continuing QUT students, and competing in AIS-funded High-Performance Sports.
If eligible, athletes will be given a cash scholarship valued at $10,000 and membership into QUT’s Elite Athlete Program, where they’ll receive academic-support provisions and professional development opportunities.
Athletes will also have access to the AIS Career Practitioner Services, and opportunities to engage in national wellbeing programs and campaigns.
QUT’s executive director of student services and wellbeing, Adam Williams, said: ‘The establishment of this scholarship initiative aims to alleviate some of the financial pressures experienced by athletes, whilst building closer alignments between the University and Australia’s peak sporting bodies.”
“With the recent announcement of the Brisbane 2032 Olympic Games, QUT acknowledges the importance of establishing closer linkages with national and state high-performance strategies.
“This includes developing relationships with several national sporting organizations and QUT is taking a larger role to reaffirm the role of universities in high-performance sport, and a component of this is in ensuring student-athletes are well supported,” Williams said.
Director of people development and wellbeing at the AIS, Matti Clements, said the initiative will demonstrate the value of the elite athlete education network to high-performance sport.
“This $100,000 scholarship pilot will provide categorised athletes, who meet criteria, with valuable support for their education and career pursuits outside of sport,” Clements said.
“The AIS encourages Australian athletes to develop these education pathways to enable them to learn, thrive, and contribute to the community during their time in high-performance sport and life afterward,” he said.
Applications have opened and will close on 26th November 2021.