UOW - an Elite Athlete Friendly University
The Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program is an initiative of the Australian Sports Commission that allows Australia's elite athletes to achieve academic excellence while also pursuing a sporting career. The value of combining both sport and higher education to achieve greater life success is well recognised across the university and sporting sectors.
There are currently over 50 elite athletes studying at the University who are engaged nationally and internationally in a broad range of sports including hockey, athletics, cycling, Oztag, basketball etc.
A range of supports are available to registered elite athletes including the opportunity to apply for $30,000 of scholarships offered through the University, sponsored by the NAB. This sponsorship began in 1987, and is one of the longest running programs of it’s type.
Who is eligible?
For the purpose of this scheme, an elite athlete is defined as someone who competes nationally or internationally in a sport approved by the University of Wollongong and the AIS. You must be identified and recognised by one of the following organisations as an 'elite athlete', or by UOW:
- Australian Institute of Sport
- State institutes or academies of sport (e.g. SASI)
- AFL Player's Association
- Australian Cricketers' Association
- Rugby Union Players' Association
- Rugby League Professional's Association
- Australian Professional Footballers' Association
Or be a national senior squad member or compete at a national senior level of an eligible sport. Eligible categories of sport are as listed as 'funded sports' at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Who can I talk to about EAFU?
If you are a student athlete who needs assistance or would like to know more about either the EAFU, or the NAB sports scholarship program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year the University of Wollongong offers a number of sports scholarships to current and prospective UOW students. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding sporting achievement and solid academic performance. The scholarships are assessed on sporting and academic merit and candidates from all sporting disciplines are encouraged to apply.
The scholarships offer financial support through sponsorship from the National Australia Bank.
In addition, scholarship holders are granted training support through the use of the university UniActive facilities. Scholarship holders must contribute to the development of sport at UOW through participation in UOW Sports Clubs and UOW Representative Sports Teams.