Scholarship details

Study levels

Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Sporting excellence



Application dates

Applications open
9 August 2021
Applications close
26 November 2021

What you'll receive

We offer scholarships for athletes competing at varying levels of sport. Scholarships are open to sportspeople representing in sports verified by Sport Australia. We offer:

  • Sport Development Scholarships valued at $5,000
  • Elite Sport Scholarships valued between $10,000 and $20,000.

You may also be interested in the QUT-AIS Scholarship.

QUT Sport Scholarships include additional benefits such as:

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

If you receive a Sport Development or Elite Sport Scholarship and enrol at QUT, you will need to register with the Elite Athlete Program separately.


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

  • meet academic and citizenship eligibility requirements
  • be a commencing 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 Talent 4 (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.

How to apply

Applications are now open and will close 26 November, 2021.

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. 2021, 2020, 2019, etc) including placing and results
  • copies of your team selection letters (on official letterhead)
  • references from your state or national sporting organisation.

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

Complete the online application and attach all relevant support documentation. Late documentation will not be considered.

Complete the application form

To be considered for this scholarship, you will need to submit your application by the close date.

What happens next?

Scholarship offers will be made from mid-December 2021, and will continue into February 2022 until scholarship recipients have been finalised.

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.


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 two 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 approved leave of absence from your course in accordance with the QUT Leave of Absence policy. Scholarship payments will be suspended during periods of leave
  • be a recipient of a QUT Equity Scholarship concurrently if eligible.

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 another Merit scholarship concurrently with this scholarship. If you have any questions about holding other scholarships, contact us at

Terms and conditions for QUT Sport Scholarship (Elite Athlete) (PDF file; 249.8 KB)

About the scholarship

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

Sport scholarships are spread over 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.


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