Rida Ahmed, a recipient of the Future Female Leader in Sport Scholarship


Each year, the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS), offers a Future Female Leader in Sport scholarship, open globally to women pursuing a career in the sports industry. The deadline for the next scholarship is 1st February 2020.

The AISTS is home to the World’s No.1 Sports Management Master Program (Eduniversal rankings) and located in the heart of the Olympic Capital, Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Academy was co-founded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the degree is signed by three leading Swiss universities; EPFL, University of Lausanne, and University of Geneva.

Each year the scholarship – which has a value of CHF 14’950 (50% of the tuition fee) – is available to a promising female leader.


“It’s no secret that there is a lack of women in leadership positions within the sports industry,” says Claude Stricker, AISTS executive director. “We’re proud to offer the AISTS Future Female Leader in Sport Scholarship, to help address this imbalance and assist an inspiring woman in achieving her goals within the industry.”

The AISTS Future Female Leader in Sport Scholarship was established in 2011 by the June Canavan Foundation in honour of June Canavan, an AISTS alumni who tragically lost her life in a plane crash in 2009. 

Due to limited funding, 2013 was the last year the scholarship was offered by the June Canavan Foundation. However, the AISTS re-established the scholarship with the unchanged aim of rewarding a female applicant committed to ethical sport leadership. 


Previous recipients of the scholarship include Thayssa Plum from Brazil who currently works as senior media relations manager at FIFA

Thayssa Plum, senior media relations manager at FIFA

“It’s important that there are scholarship programs like the AISTS Future Female Leadership in Sport. In my case, it’s pretty simple. It changed my life. Every girl has dreams, but not all of them have the same means. Reaching out to them, supporting their dream and making things possible is the push they need to succeed.”

Thayssa Plum, senior media relations manager at FIFA

Rida Ahmed was the female scholarship winner in 2019 and currently works in Athlete Relations & Engagement at the International Olympic Committee.

“The AISTS Future Female Leader in Sport Scholarship was the reason I was able to make it here and learn so much about the industry and make so many connections. The scholarship has so much potential to help other women who want to transition into the world of sport and I look forward to seeing the journeys of future applicants.”

Rida Ahmed, athlete relations & engagement at the International Olympic Committee

To apply for the scholarship or to find out more about the AISTS Master of Advanced Studies in Sports Administration and Technology please visit www.aists.org