Deakin Elite Athlete Program

Deakin University is a proud member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program. We strongly believe that succeeding as an athlete doesn't mean sacrificing your studies. Through our Elite Athlete Program, we help our elite athletes achieve academic excellence while also pursuing a sporting career.

Who are elite athletes?

Deakin understands the demands placed upon elite athletes to balance their studies and sporting commitments, and the need to support student athletes to enable them to succeed in both areas. We're also aware that sport is constantly progressing and evolving, with more sports moving into an elite environment, leading to more athletes balancing sport and academic pursuits. As such, we've expanded the Australian Institute of Sport’s definition of elite athletes to incorporate more sports, and also included a second category of support for emerging athletes.

Elite athlete

To qualify for the Elite Athlete Program as an elite athlete, you must be registered with one or more of the following groups:

  • Australian Institute of Sport
  • State institutes or academies of sport
  • AFL Players Association
  • Australian Cricketers Association
  • Rugby League Professionals Association
  • Rugby Union Players Association
  • Australian Professional Footballers Association
  • National senior squad members from Australian Sports Commission recognised sports.

Emerging athlete

Deakin University will consider applications from emerging athletes for entry into the Elite Athlete Program. Emerging athletes may be involved in senior or junior national squads from Australian Sports Commission recognised sports, senior state squad members from funded sports, World University Games or Championships selection and national league representatives.

Find a recognised national sporting organisation

What is the Elite Athlete Program?

Deakin University’s Elite Athlete Program offers support and benefits to student athletes in a range of ways. These vary from academic assistance and course flexibility to financial support and gym access.

If you have sporting commitments or conflicts we can help you negotiate your assessment deadlines and attendance at lectures and tutorials. We can also:

  • give you course and academic planning advice
  • help you tailor your workload to your sports program
  • help organise a leave of absence if you have increased sporting commitments
  • organise for you to study at other universities or online while you’re travelling for training or competition.
  • support you with special consideration, class attendance and exam relocations
  • help with reminders for important dates, e.g. re-application and census dates.

The Deakin University Elite Athlete Program also has a number of other benefits for elite student athletes while studying, including yearly DeakinACTIVE gym membership and financial support through the Elite Athlete Support Grants.

Monique Conti on Deakin's Elite Athlete Program

Monique Conti know this only too well playing for the WNBL and the AFLW, discover how she manages life at Deakin in the Elite Athlete Program.

Elite athlete scholarship

The Deakin Sport Network Elite Athlete Scholarship is available for elite or developing elite student athletes who study at Deakin in a full-time or part-time capacity. Eligible students can receive a cash payment of up to $5000 per year for three years.

Find out more about the scholarship

Elite athlete and performer adjustments

All courses Deakin University offers attract an elite athlete adjustment on a sliding scale for those students defined as elite athletes. Elite athletes are defined in line with Deakin's membership of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) network.

Find out more about the elite athlete and performer adjustments

Join the program

Register now to receive the benefits of studying at an Elite Athlete Friendly university.

Apply now

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding Deakin University's Elite Athlete Program, or for further information, please contact the Elite Sports Coordinator.  

Jack Duke
Elite Sports Coordinator
Deakin Sport and Recreation
Phone: +61 3 9244 3732
Mobile: 0438 712 324
Email Jack Duke