Athlete scholarships

The Northern Territory Institute of Sport (NTIS) scholarships for athletes are aligned with National Institute Network (NIN) athlete categories and focuses on the following: 

  • identifying athletes with the greatest potential to contribute to Australia's Winning Edge targets, as well as NTIS outcomes
  • supporting these athletes
  • tracking performance over time.

NTIS Athlete Scholarship

The NTIS athlete scholarship is for athletes who meet Level 1-5 National Sporting Organisation (NSO) sport eligibility or the NSOs Australia's Winning Edge (AWE) athlete categorisation, in a sport where the NTIS has a Sport Program (Tier 1, 2 or 3). 

NTIS Sport Programs currently include Cricket, Rugby League, Netball, Hockey, Basketball, Squash, Swimming, Football, Triathlon and Golf.

Read more about NTIS Sport Programs.

An NTIS athlete scholarship will be awarded to athletes residing in and (where possible) representing the Northern Territory (NT) who are not competing as a professional in their sport. 

A professional is an athlete who has a professional sport license (e.g. golf, triathlon) and/or is on a professional contract competing in a national or international league/championship series (e.g. AFL, NRL).

Within the five levels, only NT-based athletes have provisions available for 'injured' athlete status.

Level 1 to 5 athletes are eligible to access all NTIS services within the NT. Athlete eligibility for direct financial support will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

If an athlete, on a level 1-5 scholarship at the time, chooses to move outside the NT to improve training and competition opportunities, then they may retain scholarship eligibility if they are competing for the NT (where possible). 

Service support will only be provided when these athletes are in the NT.

Any funding support will be determined on a case-by-case 'as available' basis to possibly assist with initial relocation and/or return trip to the NT to train with their respective sport program (and to assist with any public relations activities). 

If a level 1-5 athlete’s scholarship level drops off while interstate or overseas, the NTIS will consider maintaining their scholarship for a further 12 month period only.

Assessment

Athletes will be assessed under one of the five scholarship levels below.

Level 1. Podium 

International senior competitor in an individual athlete or team event with a medal performance at benchmark competitions and is considered capable of maintaining this level of performance.

Level 2. Potential podium 

International senior competitor in an individual event or team with a ranking 4-8 at benchmark competitions and considered capable of progressing to medal performance within two years. 

Level 3. International 

International senior competitor in an individual athlete or team event at benchmark competitions and considered capable of retaining or progressing this level of performance in the next four years.

Level 4. Developing (International)

Athlete with the capability to achieve at least International level status within one to three years. Athlete that has signed a contract with a team competing in a national professional competition (or better).

Level 5. Emerging (International) 

Athlete with the capability to achieve at least International level status within four to seven years. Athlete with capability to achieve national professional competition (or better) status within one to three years.

Explanatory notes 

The following are explanatory notes for the scholarship assessments:

  • senior: open age, not age-specific
  • benchmark competitions: competitions which are of significance to AWE targets, and Australia’s international sporting success more broadly
  • capability: assessed by reference to defined sport specific criteria and process
  • national professional league: AFL, A-League/W-League; NBL/WNBL, NRL, First Class Cricket, Super 15 Rugby, Trans Tasman Netball, ABL, etc. competitions.

Coach requirements

The NTIS works in partnership with the nominated coach. Athletes applying for an NTIS scholarship are required to have a coach who not only delivers the technical and tactical components for the athlete, but is also required to attend NTIS-based training sessions on a regular basis. 

The coach must also be willing to attend and be developed in the pillars of the NTIS Coach Development Program, and use these principles in the athletes training program. This is in addition to planning and managing other services provided from within the NTIS and from external providers.

Scholarship process

The NTIS athlete scholarship process follows the steps below.

Step 1. Athlete meets the selection criteria of the NSO as a nationally identified athlete or is an NSO Australia's Winning Edge (AWE) categorised athlete.

Step 2. The athlete is advised by their coach to fill out the NTIS scholarship application form and return it fully completed to the NTIS.

Step 3. The NTIS will meet with the nominated coach to outline the requirements and commitment required of the coach and will approve or not approve the coach/athlete scholarship for further assessment. Endorsement by the Joint Management Committee for the NTIS sport program is also required.

Step 4. If the scholarship applicant and coach are not, or have not been, attending the NTIS Coach Development Program morning sessions, they both will be required to commence these training sessions. If both athlete and coach meet the requirements over an initial three month period, the athlete will be eligible to undergo further assessments to become a scholarship athlete; or

Step 5. If the scholarship applicant and coach have been attending, and are implementing the NTIS Coach Development Program pillars, the applicant may be ratified by the Joint Management Committee and start the NTIS process for scholarship commencement.

Step 6. A parent, coach, and athlete meeting will be conducted to outline the expectations required by an athlete on NTIS scholarship and assess the impact a NTIS scholarship may have on the athlete.

Fill out the NTIS Athlete Scholarship Application (150.7 kb).

Individual Athlete Scholarship

Individual Athlete Scholarships (IAS) are available to athletes to where the NTIS does not currently have a Sport Program for their sport (Tier 1, 2 or 3). 

IAS are available to athletes who meet AWE and NSO sport athlete categorisation or from an Australian Sports Commission's endorsed sport as a nationally identified talented athlete.

The applicant must be all of the following:

  • endorsed by a representative of the Northern Territory Peak Sporting Body (PSB) and NSO
  • an Australian Citizen and/or be eligible for Australian representation
  • representing the NT in competitions where possible
  • a resident of the NT - residency is defined as going to school/university or working and living in the NT. Athletes who relocate interstate, while on NTIS scholarship, for an extended period of time, will have their scholarship status assessed on a case-by-case basis;

The NTIS works in partnership with the nominated coach. Athletes applying for an NTIS scholarship are required to have a coach, who not only delivers the technical and tactical components for the athlete, but is also required to attend NTIS based training sessions on a regular basis. 

The coach must be willing to attend and be developed in the pillars of the NTIS Coach Development Program, and implement these principles into the athletes training program, in addition to planning and managing other services provided from within the NTIS and from external providers. 

The local coach must plan and manage the athlete's training and competition and servicing in consultation with the relevant national coach or high performance manager.

Fill out the Individual Athlete Scholarship Application form (263.3 kb).

NTIS training agreement

The offer of an NTIS training agreement will be considered by NTIS senior management and approved by the NTIS Director on a case-by-case basis. 

The following athletes may be considered:

  • an NT resident who is competing nationally or internationally as a professional athlete but is not an AWE National Sports Organisation Level 1-5 athlete
  • a recognised Level 1-4 athlete from interstate or overseas, or an AWE categorised athlete on scholarship within the National Institute Network, who is based in the NT for a short period of time (maximum three months)
  • an ex-NTIS Level 1-5 scholarship holder (up to 12 months hence) who has returned to the NT for a short period of time
  • an NT resident who, based on nomination by the Head Coach of a NTIS Sport Program, is considered a valuable training mentor and role model for NTIS scholarship athletes in the sport
  • a Talent Transfer athlete.

Athletes offered an NTIS training agreement are not eligible for financial support from the NTIS but can access NTIS facilities and agreed services on a pre-arranged basis when in Darwin or Alice Springs.

Fill out the Training Agreement Application (206.2 kb).

Code of conduct

All NTIS athletes must follow the Athlete Code of Conduct. 

The NTIS has an Athlete Disciplinary Process in place for dealing with athletes who breach conditions of their NTIS Athlete Scholarship Agreement. 

Read the Athlete Code of Conduct (103.2 kb).

Policies and guidelines

Read the following NTIS athlete scholarship policies and guidelines:

Education

All NTIS athletes and coaches must register and gain certification from the ASADA online learning website to support the NTIS anti-doping education.

Last updated: 18 April 2016