Prime Minister's Athlete Scholarships allow
athletes to undertake tertiary study and vocational qualifications
while pursuing elite level sport at the same time.
The scholarship scheme also helps retiring
athletes move smoothly into another career once their sporting
careers are over.
The purpose of the Athlete Scholarship Programme is to
invest in educational opportunities that enable world
leading performances from New Zealand's top athletic talent, by
assisting athletes to develop holistically outside sport in ways
that contribute towards their post-athletic career and enable the
sustainability of our athlete talent pool.
The programme supports the achievement of tertiary and
vocational qualifications while pursuing excellence in sport. The
programme provides support in:
- High performance planning, including career advice to
assist recipients to make well-considered decisions regarding Study
Plans and workloads, and manage their lives effectively in the
pursuit of sporting excellence
- Financial contribution to academic fees (up to a maximum
of $10,000 per year including GST if applicable)
- Financial contribution towards other study costs (up to a
maximum of $5,000 per year including GST if applicable), referred
to as the Study Support Allowance (SSA), which may include living
expenses, study expenses (for example, exam-related fees), and
The applicant must satisfy all of the following criteria:
- A Carded Athlete within a HPSNZ Targeted Sport or within
a HPSNZ Campaign Investment Sport
- An athlete within a Targeted Sport (or in special cases a
Campaign Investment Sport) who is likely to become carded within
the next 6 months and as agreed by HPSNZ, or
- In special cases, at the discretion of HPSNZ, an athlete
in a non-Carded Campaign Investment Sport.
The proposed study must fit within the athlete's
Individual Performance Plan (IPP) for the next 12-month period,
with study requirements that do not restrict the athlete's ability
to commit to their agreed national training and competition
Submit a complete application.
Be endorsed by their NSO and HPSNZ leading up to and
during the scholarship, which includes having an agreed study plan
and/or development plan.
Have met all athlete requirements whilst studying under
the scholarship in the previous 12 months, unless HPSNZ agrees
otherwise (athletes re-applying for a scholarship only).
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
The scholarship application closing date each year is as
stipulated by the relevant NSO but no later than the programme
deadline of 5pm, 30 November each year. Early applications
are appreciated but will not be considered until after the closing
Surf Life Saving New Zealand's application closing date
is 5pm, 18th November each year.
To seek endorsement from SLSNZ please complete the Draft
Application form and Athlete Study Plan
below and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org by
the application closing date above.
If you are intending on applying for a scholarship it is best to
complete a draft application prior to submitting the online
application. All scholarship related documents can be found under
the forms section below.
Scholarships are awarded for 12-month periods (1 January-31
December) but athlete requirements apply in respect of six-month
periods. The six-month periods are 1 January-30 June and 1
Please note the demand for scholarships typically exceeds the
financial resources available so it is unlikely that all applicants
will receive a scholarship.
Applications are assessed and prioritised by a High Performance
Sport NZ panel, comprised of people with skills in high performance
programme management, scholarship management and performance
To be eligible, the qualification sought by the applicant must
appear on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured
Qualifications, found at www.kiwiquals.govt.nz.
FORMS, LINKS AND REPORTS
Programme Guide (PDF) for
athletes (includes Athlete Gold level scholarships)
Draft application form (Word)
Draft application form (PDF)
Athlete Study Plan template (Word)