The University of Adelaide is an Elite Athlete Education Network University (EAEN-U) and offers Elite Athlete Support to assist eligible student athletes.

By providing a flexible and responsive approach to study, the University supports students to balance their sporting and academic commitments.

There are currently over 100 elite athletes studying at the University who are engaged nationally and internationally in a broad range of sports including swimming, soccer, waterskiing, rowing and AFL to name a few.

A range of supports are available to registered elite athletes including the opportunity to apply for a number of scholarships offered through the University.

The Elite Athlete Support scheme will sometimes offer events and information sessions related to areas of particular interest to student/athletes. Students will be notified of these via email as they arise. Please let us know if you have any areas of interest you would like more information about.

Elite athlete support scheme

An elite athlete is defined as someone who competes nationally or internationally in a sport approved by the University of Adelaide.

Find out if you are eligible

Register online

Make an appointment for registration by completing the online form and obtaining a signed letter from your sporting body verifying your level of competition.

Register for the elite athlete scheme


Adelaide University Sport

AU Sport is the sole provider of sport and active recreation on campus, with an extensive range of sporting facilities and sport clubs.

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Scholarships and grants

The University of Adelaide offers a range of scholarship and grant opportunities.

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Fitness Hub

Elite Athletes receive a heavily discounted membership with the on-campus gym facility the Fitness Hub.

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