PhD Student

Becoming a SMA PhD Student Associate unlocks significant opportunities for future career progression and advancement in the increasingly competitive sports medicine and sports science fields. 

From hands-on practical experience to building quality networks with sports medicine professionals, being a SMA PhD Student Associate will open up career pathways. 

Member Benefits

PhD Student Associates can take advantage of a range of exclusive benefits including: 

Events, Courses, Conference and Networking

  • SMA Member pricing for the annual SMA Conference and professional development events.
  • 10% discount off all SMA training and Safer Sport courses.

Career Advancement

Research, Publications and Industry News

  • Digital subscription to Sport Health magazine (4 per year).
  • Monthly SMA industry news.



The PhD Student Associate subscription is FREE for students who meet the eligibility criteria below. 


PhD Student Membership is available to Australian Students. 

To be eligible for a PhD Student Associate subscription, applicants must: 

  • Be enrolled in a full-time PhD, and work no more than 15 hours per week.
  • Be completing a PhD that is relevant to sports medicine and exercise science. SMA will consider applications from a range disciplines including (but is not limited to) sports medicine, sports science, exercise science, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, nutrition, osteopathy, chiropractic, physiology, biomechanics, dentistry, public health. If you are studying a course which is not listed, please feel free to contact the membership team on 1300 711 211 or email [email protected] for further information. 
  • Accept SMA’s Code of Ethics. 
  • Have no criminal convictions. 
  • Have no ruling or history of action determined to be injurious or prejudicial to the objects or interests of SMA, its members, or anything which may bring SMA into disrepute. 

SMA’s Student Associate subscription is capped at 2 years maximum and is only available to those completing a PhD. 

SMA will require evidence of full time studies, and will need to review your eligibility before confirming PhD Student Associate. 

For further enquiries, email [email protected] or call our Membership team on 1300 711 211.