QUT Sport Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

Future and current student scholarship
QUT is recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Sports Commission as an elite athlete-friendly university.

Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Sporting excellence


Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications open
6 August 2020
Applications close
20 November 2020

What you'll receive

We offer sport and Esports scholarships for athletes competing at varying levels of sport:

  • Sport Development Scholarships (valued $5,000 - $10,000) open to all sportspeople representing in sports verified by Sport Australia
  • Elite Sport Scholarships (valued $10,000 - $20,000) open to all sportspeople representing in sports verified by Sport Australia.

Sport Development and Elite Sport Scholarships include additional benefits like:

  • membership to the Elite Athlete Program
  • access to personal and professional development opportunities
  • access to nutrition and sports psychology services and more
  • membership of the QUT College of Excellence
  • access to QUT's Leadership, Development and Innovation Program.

If you're applying for a Sport Development or Elite Sport Scholarship and would like to access these benefits, you'll need to register with our Elite Athlete Program once you are an enrolled student at QUT.


Sport Development and Elite Sport Scholarships

To be considered for Sport Development or Elite Athlete Scholarships, you must:

  • meet academic and citizenship eligibility requirements
  • be a new or continuing QUT student
  • be an athlete who's currently progressing and achieving within a sport that is recognised by Sport Australia
  • be representing either an Australian State, National Sporting Organisation or Professional Player League sport
  • be able to demonstrate a minimum of (T4) athlete categorisation level within Sport Australia’s FTEM framework and have either:
    • competed in at least one event
    • been invited onto a development/talent ID team.

We have adopted Sport Australia's Athlete Categorisation Framework (FTEM Framework) to assess the level of development of athletes applying for our sport scholarships.

Your or your relevant sporting body must be able to show evidence or demonstrate that your level of development aligns with a Talent 4 (T4) or higher tier within the FTEM Framework.

For more information about the FTEM Framework, visit the SportAus website or contact your national sporting organisation.

Esports eligibility

In 2020 the QUT Sport Scholarship for esports will be available for aspiring League of Legends players.

As part of the scholarship selection process for esports players, applicants must participate in the QUT performance trial, which will be held in early February 2020. Trials will be held within the League of Legends game only.

More information, including trial dates, will be distributed in the last quarter of 2019.

How to apply

You'll need to to verify selection and/or results and achievement via a sporting CV. You must provide:

  • an overview of events competed at in reverse chronological order (e.g. 2019, 2018, 2017, etc) and placings
  • copies of your team selection letters (on official letterhead)
  • references from your state or national sporting organisation.

Aspiring athletes who have not represented at state or national level should provide two referenced from relevant persons who can verify their current level of performance.

Complete the online application (you can save your application and come back to it later). QUT Esports applications have now closed.

Start a new application

Continue a saved application

If you have any questions, contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

What happens next?

We'll start making scholarship offers from mid December 2019, with all scholars finalised and notified by 19 February 2020.

Due to the large volume of applications received, only students who are successful in being offered a scholarship will be notified. Appeals for unsuccessful applications will not be considered. All decisions are final and based on the original application submitted.

Esports Scholarship

Applicants will automatically be added to the mailing list and informed of trial dates once esports applications have been submitted.


Sport Development and Elite Sport scholarships

To keep your Sport Development or Elite Sport scholarship, you must:

  • maintain a course grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 or higher in each semester.
  • represent QUT at up to 2 targeted events or appearances each year, which may include:
    • speaking at QUT Sport events
    • contesting the National University Championships (if your sport is contested)
    • participating in other campus events.

You can:

  • take a leave of absence for up to 2 years, but only after you have completed one full-time semester of study. You won't receive scholarship payments during periods of leave.

You can't:

  • defer your scholarship offer. If you defer your course, you will need to reapply for the QUT Development and Elite Sport Scholarship the following year
  • hold other certain scholarship types concurrently with this scholarship, unless it's an Equity Scholarship. If you have any questions about holding other scholarships, contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

Read the terms and conditions for the Sport Development and Elite Sport scholarships (PDF file, 682.8 KB).

Esport scholarships

Selected applicants are required to represent QUT in the Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS) team in 2020, or within its underpinning Academy Team. Recipients must also comply with our player performance and behavioural standards as set by RIOT Games and QUT.

If successful, all applicants will be expected to engage in the QUT Sport community by attending events, representing QUT, or in a leadership capacity. Representative requirements will be negotiated between the applicant and QUT Sport.

About the scholarship

We are proud to support aspiring, developing and elite athletes across a wide range of sports by offering sport scholarships annually for both new and existing students.

Sport scholarships are broken up into a number of categories to support athletes at all levels of performance. This includes talented sports people who are still developing and progressing in their chosen sport all the way through to high-performance level athletes representing Australia at national and international levels.

Sport Development and Elite Sport Scholarships

Sport Talent and Elite Sport Scholarships are available to both new and current QUT students who are representing in sports that are recognised by Sport Australia. We will offer up to 12 Sport Development Scholarships, and up to 7 Elite Sport Scholarships.


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