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Elite Student Performer Scheme


Monash University is committed to helping its students combine academic success with sports or performing arts success through our Elite Student Performer Scheme.

We provide a range of support services and benefits to students who are competing or performing at an elite level in their sport or discipline (ie at the highest level in their state, or above).

This support will help student members to balance their commitments to both their studies and their sport/discipline and manage any conflicts that may arise.

Student members of this Scheme will still be required to meet University requirements for enrolment, assessment and course completion. However, a degree of flexibility can be provided to assist them to meet these requirements.


To be eligible for the Scheme, you must be:

  • A commencing or continuing undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at a Monash University campus, including Monash College
  • Competing/participating regularly in your sport or discipline at the highest level in your state, or above (ie at state, national or international level)


The University is a member of the national Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) agreement developed in partnership with the Australian Sports Commission.

The EAFU program supports Australia’s elite athletes to achieve academic excellence while also pursuing a sporting career.

At Monash University, we have extended this support to students who are elite in a performing arts discipline.

Benefits and Services

Faculty support

There are staff members within each faculty of the University who are aware of the Scheme and able to support members through their course to manage both their sport/discipline and study commitments.

These staff members can provide course planning advice, consider special consideration applications and answer student queries about academic matters.

Student members are encouraged to seek out assistance or support in a timely manner.

Complimentary Gym Membership

Scheme members are able to apply for a complimentary gym membership which provides access to on-campus Monash University sporting facilities, where available.

Please note that not all campuses have on-campus sporting facilities.

Financial Support

A limited number of the following two types of grants are available each year. Scheme members are able to apply for these grants but not all applications will be successful.

Elite Student Performer Grant

The Elite Student Performer Grant supports a student to fulfil their dreams and aspirations to become the best performer they can be, while undertaking a tertiary qualification at Monash University.

This grant is specifically for students who can realistically make a professional career out of their discipline. It is provided to assist that student to become professional.

The grant can be used for:

  • individual specialist coaching
  • mentoring/tuition
  • additional specialist health services
  • other technical support services (eg sport analytics, software, specialist non-standard equipment)

It cannot be used for travel, uniforms, purchase/replacement of standard equipment.

A limited number of these grants are available each year. Successful applicants are determined each semester by a Committee.

Members of the Scheme will be notified when applications open for this grant each year.

Please note that applications for the 2017 Elite Student Performer Scheme Grants are now closed and will reopen in Semester 1, 2018.

International Travel Grant

The International Travel Grant supports a current Monash University student who has been selected to represent the University and/or their country at an International University sporting or performance event such as the World University Games, World University Championship, World University League or Continental University Sport federation level event.

A grant of up to $1000 is provided for approved out of pocket competition or performance related expenses that are not covered by sponsorship, external payments or the national selection body responsible for the student’s selection at an eligible international sporting or performing arts event.

Applications must be made in writing and students must provide evidence that they have been selected by the applicable national body to represent their country in the relevant international event.

A limited number of these grants are available each year. Please email us via the address below to find out more.

Networking and Personal Development Opportunities

Members of the Scheme will have access to invaluable networking and personal development opportunities with other students in the Scheme and key contacts within the University.

Information and Resources

Members will also have access to valuable information and resources to assist them and provide further support and guidance.

Program effectiveness

This program began in 2004 and feedback since then shows that student participants were more successful in:

  • resolving conflicting study and sporting commitments
  • planning and managing their course workload
  • completing their course

How to apply?

New Members:

Returning Members:

Contact us

If you would like to know more about this program, contact us via email at

Please note this information is current as at December 2017 and is subject to amendment.

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