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Vice-Chancellor's 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

Undergraduate

Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

All study areas

Eligibility criteria

Sporting excellence

Citizenship

Australian or New Zealand

Application dates

Applications open
3 August 2018
Applications close
16 November 2018

What you'll receive

You'll receive one of:

  • up to 8 elite athlete scholarships worth $30,000 each, if you're a commencing student. The scholarship will be paid as a stipend as per the governing terms and conditions.
  • up to 30 elite athlete scholarships worth $10,000 each, if you're a commencing or continuing student (in 2019 this includes eSports). The scholarship will be paid as a stipend as per the governing terms and conditions.

Other benefits may include:

  • 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.

We're aware that being an elite athlete takes up a lot of time, so we're also flexible about enrolment, assessment and special consideration where possible. To access these benefits, you'll need to register with our Elite Athlete Program once you are a student at QUT.

Eligibility

To be considered an elite athlete at QUT and be considered for these scholarships, you must be an athlete who has competed in at least one event or been invited onto a team as stipulated by tier rankings. You can only choose the highest sporting level achieved.

To be considered for a $30,000 scholarship you must meet academic and citizenship eligibility requirements and also:

  • commencing study at QUT for the first time (and have the equivalent of 96cps or more to complete)

To be considered for a $10,000 scholarship, you must meet academic and citizenship eligibility requirements and also:

  • be a continuing QUT student.

You do not qualify as a QUT elite athlete if you:

  • cannot reconcile your sport achievements to one of the tiers
  • compete in a competition that requires you to train a couple of sessions per week and give up part of your weekend to compete.

You must be able to show evidence that you fit within one of the below tiers as stipulated by Australia's FTEM Sporting Framework. For more information regarding the FTEM Framework, please visit SportAus or contact your National Sporting Organisation.

Tier 1 - E2/M1 - Mastery Phase

To qualify for this tier you must be able to demonstrate one of the following:

  • Podium success at major international event/level (Initial and Ongoing)

Examples include: Olympic medallist, Brownlow medallist or club Medallist of Honour, AFL Grand Final Winner, World medallist

Tier 2 - E1 - Elite Phase

To qualify for this tier you must be able to demonstrate one of the following:

  • Representation at open international events
  • Professional player drafting.

Examples include: World Championship representation, World Series/Cup medallist, representation at Commonwealth Games, AFL, Cricket Australia Team Member

Tier 3 - T4 - Pre-Elite Phase

To qualify for this tier you must be able to demonstrate one of the following:

  • National podium results
  • Demonstrated potential to progress into open international competition.

Examples include: Australian Champion, Queensland Champion, Queensland Netball Team with Firebirds training access etc

eSports Eligibility

In 2019 the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for eSports Elite Athletes is currently available for aspiring QUT League of Legends Oceanic Challenger Series (OCS) players only.

As part of the scholarship selection process for eSports Athletes, applicants must participate in the QUT OCS Trials which will be held in early January 2019. Applicants must also comply with QUT's player performance and behavioural standards.

More information including trial dates will be distributed from 17 November 2019.

Successful applicants will be expected to engage in the QUT Sport community by way of attending events, representing QUT or in a leadership capacity. This will be negotiated with the applicant and QUT Sport.

How to apply

Complete the online application. You can save your application and come back to it later.

If you have any questions, contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

What happens next?

We'll make first-round offers for scholarships from 14 December 2018. Not all first-round offers are accepted, for a variety of reasons. So if you don't receive an offer in the first round, you may still be eligible for an offer in the second round.

We'll make second-round offers in the week commencing 4 January 2019. If a third round of offers is required, this will take place in the first week of January 2019.

We'll finalise all scholars by 1 February 2019. The University Scholarships Coordinator will contact you if you're successful.

If you aren't successful in your application, there is no appeals process. Only students who are successful in being offered a scholarship are notified.

Conditions

To keep your $30,000 scholarship, you must:

  • maintain a course grade point average (GPA) of 4.50 or higher in each semester.

You can:

  • take a leave of absence for up to 12 months (in accordance with our student rules), but only after you have completed one full-time semester of study. You won't receive scholarship payments during this time.

You can't:

  • defer your scholarship offer. If you defer your course, you can reapply for the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship the following year, provided that you haven't undertaken university study in the meantime
  • hold other certain scholarships types concurrently with this scholarship. Refer to the terms and conditions for more information. Equity scholarships are exempt from this stipulation. If you have any questions about holding other scholarships, contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

To keep your $10,000 scholarship, you must:

  • maintain a course grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 or higher in each semester.

You can:

  • take a leave of absence for up to 12 months (in accordance with our student rules), but only after you have completed one full-time semester of study. You won't receive scholarship payments during this time.

You can't:

  • defer your scholarship offer. If you defer your course, you can reapply for the Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship the following year, provided that you haven't undertaken university study in the meantime
  • hold other certain scholarships types concurrently with this scholarship. Refer to the terms and conditions for more information. Equity scholarships are exempt from this stipulation. If you have any questions about holding other scholarships, contact our Scholarships Coordinator.

About the scholarship

The Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship is our premier offering for high achievers. We award over 140 scholarships annually, worth $3 million.

In addition to the financial support, the program helps you to make the most of your QUT experience through extra development opportunities, which build your leadership skills and professional networks.

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