Ds Scholarship

UIPM athletes invited to apply for prestigious scholarship at Olympic University in Sochi (RUS)

  • Chance to study Master of Sport Administration at the Russian International Olympic University
  • Full scholarship for the upcoming 2022-23 academic year is on offer to successful applicants
  • Sondos Aboubakr (EGY), awarded 2020 scholarship, has graduated and is making strides

One UIPM athlete will be offered a unique chance to join the next generation of sports professionals by spending a year studying in Sochi (RUS) — the host city of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

As part of the UIPM Athletes Career Program (ACP), a scholarship has been secured for the Master of Sport Administration course at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Interested athletes should apply through their National Federations to take up the opportunity, which has formed part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by UIPM and RIOU.

The MSA at RIOU, one of the world’s first universities dedicated to sport business education, is regarded as one of the best postgraduate sport management courses, consistently ranking among the top in Europe.

The selected applicant will receive a full-year scholarship to study. The scholarship package covers tuition fees, accommodation in a double room in a three-star apartment hotel and a monthly allowance of 10,000 roubles (€117). The student will have to cover other costs such as airfare, food during all period of studies, medical insurance (about 20,000 rubles), diploma recognition (about 12,000 rubles).

Applicants must:

– Be active UIPM athletes with a UIPM ID registered by the NF (or recently retired)

– Have a university degree (grades of academic transcripts will be taken into consideration)

– Have a valid English language certificate that meets the minimum level requirement of C1 (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge is desirable but not must; there is an obligatory interview conducted in English by RIOU before final confirmation).

Other criteria for application will be sent via email directly by your National Federation upon request.

All applications must be received by the closing date of April 16, 2022. The UIPM will then evaluate all applications to make a decision by April 30, 2022.

Candidates can find further information about the course as well as some application guidance here: https://www.olympicuniversity.ru/en/web/msa-eng1/to-applicants.

(Please note although it is written that application process deadline is August 15th, for partner organizations the deadline is April 30. The UIPM has set its internal deadline to have enough time to evaluate and choose the scholarship holder.)

One UIPM pentathlete, Sondos Aboubakr (EGY), has already successfully completed the MSA program in RIOU in 2021 having become the first pentathlete to be awarded a scholarship. Aboubakr is already making strides forward in the sport industry and she has been involved in the organization of major UIPM competitions in 2021 in her home country.

For more information on the MSA program and to get a window into life on campus in Sochi (RUS), see here: https://www.olympicuniversity.ru/en/web/msa-eng1/home

UIPM President Dr. Klaus Schormann said: “This is another wonderful opportunity for our great UIPM athletes to secure a valuable place at such a prestigious university.

“Our sport has always been strongly linked to the academic world. Many pentathletes have achieved high success in their careers based on qualifications along with their sporting commitments and their intellectual capacity. I strongly encourage athletes to apply.

“The UIPM Executive Board members are constantly working very closely with the UIPM Athletes Committee and external organizations to identify opportunities to support athletes – and this will be developed in the years to come through the ACP.”

All applications for RIOU should be submitted to UIPM by a Member Federation vis email projects@pentathlon.org. For more information please contact also this email.

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