Are You an Athlete Looking for That Extra Edge in Your Professional Career?


We are welcoming applications from current and former international athletes for the AISTS Athlete Scholarship for the final application deadline for the class of 2018, to help in your dual and post-sport careers.

The scholarship has a value of CHF 14,000, which will fund half of the tuition fee of the AISTS Master of Sports Administration programme, endorsed by the International Olympic Committee, which aims to develop the next generation of leaders in sport.

Open to current or former athletes who have competed at an international level, such as participation in the Olympic Games, our 15 month international postgraduate programme will enable athletes to develop their career in sports management.

Previous winners of the AISTS Athlete Scholarship have included two-time US open water champion, Christine Jennings, Germany’s Olympic windsurfer Toni Wilhelm (photo below) who recently competed at the Rio Olympic Games, Nigerian sprinter Enee Udo-Obong, an Olympic gold medallist in the 4x100 metres relay at Sydney 2000, as well as Ireland’s most capped international athlete and member of the women’s field hockey team, Nikki Symmons (photo below).  Nikki Symmons graduated in 2014 and went onto to work with the International Hockey Federation (FIH) here in Lausanne, and is their Digital Manager as well as the current AISTS Alumni President.   

This year’s current class athlete scholarship recipient is David Wardle (photo above), former junior British National Champion, made his professional debut in 2012 on the Professional Squash Association World Tour, reaching a career high ranking of 179 before retiring at the end of 2015, and made the move to Lausanne last year.  David said recently, when asked about his MAS expertise so far;

In addition to gaining greater professional knowledge in a wide range of topics in sports management, the AISTS programme places you in a network with people from international backgrounds, and with a variety of expertise. This has helped me  a lot to build relationships which are playing a big role in achieving my goals of being an international sports manager.

The application deadline for the 2018 AISTS Athlete Scholarship is the 1st of May, 2017. 

Candidates for the scholarship must be able to provide supporting documentation of their sporting achievements, for instance official results or evidence from an International Federation, while also completing a letter detailing their motivation for obtaining the scholarship.

Scholarship details and the application form can be found here or you can email info@aists.org for more information. 


About the AISTS – Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology Programme

Since 2003, the AISTS has graduated close to 400 sports managers, representing over 100 countries from all continents. The attractiveness of the AISTS MAS in Sport Administration programme lies in its unique and multidisciplinary approach, which integrates knowledge from the fields of management and economics, technology, law, sociology, and medicine. The AISTS MAS in Sport Administration is co-signed by the EPFL, the University of Geneva and University of Lausanne.

Based in the heart of the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, the programme is taught by over 140 world-class experts from the sports industry, and academics.

The majority of graduates pursue careers with national or international sports organisations, such as the International Olympic Committee, national and international sports federations, and sport businesses.

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