Athlete Development Program (Scholarships)


2020 Applications Now Open

The Athlete Development Program delivered by Flinders University Sport and Fitness is a sports training and athletic support program aimed to assist students in the pursuit of sporting and academic excellence.

In 2019 the program was delivered to 50 students across 28 different sports, including one World Champion, five Australian Champions, ten Australian Representatives and thirteen State Champions.

Building on the success of 2019, in 2020, 60 places will be offered within the program aimed at developing athletes, matching service provision and delivery with student athlete needs. The successful athletes will be provided with the opportunity to work with the highly qualified coaching and allied health staff in a well-equipped and supportive environment.

Affording them the best opportunity to combine study and sport to progress both successfully.

Flinders University is an Elite Athlete Friendly University and all athletes are encouraged to apply for Elite athlete status, which is separate from the Athlete Development Program. This will assist you to balance your studies and your sport with the neccesary academic support from the university.

Flinders is a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program that supports Australia’s elite athletes to achieve academic excellence while also pursuing a sporting career. We recommend all athletes apply for Elite athlete status. For more information see the website


What We Offer

The Athlete Development Program aims to benefit students through unprecedented access to high level facilities and training environments with the support of our highly qualified staff. Our strength and conditioning team can tailor their support to work with your current program and sporting coaches, or develop a program to suit your needs.

In addition our students can access our allied health professionals who can assist in assessing and managing new or existing injuries, or provide assessment of your nutritional and dietary requirements.

We ultimately aim to provide students the training and support not often accessible that is required to become improved athletes and achieve greater results within their chosen sport.

  • Flinders University Sport and Fitness Gym Membership
  • Athlete Development Program Singlet
  • Clinical Health and Fitness Assessment
  • Movement Screening
  • Individual Strength and Conditioning Program
  • Strength and Conditioning Facility Access and Coaching
  • Allied Health Support – Massage, Physiotherapy & Dietitian Services 
  • Funding assistance to compete at the UniSport Nationals


How to Apply

Applications Open  – 6th January 2020

Applications Close – 22nd March 2020

To apply please download the 2020 Athlete Development Program Application Form. Read the document and ensure all required information is provided.

Please email completed document to

All applicants will be notified of the result of their application in early April, 2020.

For more information, please contact Wendy Gower – or 08 8201 2549