RMIT Elite Athlete Program

The RMIT Elite Athlete Program [REAP] supports elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence. By supporting students to devote time to training and competition while also completing their tertiary studies, student athletes can achieve both their sporting and academic aspirations.

Through dedicated assistance from the REAP team, over 200 student athletes successfully balance the high demands of elite sport and university life each year. Program benefits include some or all of the following depending on whether you meet the criteria as an Elite or Emerging Athlete.

2019 Elite Athlete Scholarship recipient Nick White

REAP benefits include:

Elite and Emerging Athletes

  • Adjustment factors for course entry (10 adjustment factors towards your aggregate score. Equivalent to 5-6 ATAR points)
  • Timetabling assistance and class flexibility
  • Assessment and exam flexibility
  • Opportunity to study with other institutions
  • Free health services including: Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Chinese Medicine, Massage and Psychology
  • Gym Membership

Elite Athletes only

  • Personalised degree advice and course planning
  • Sports Scholarships
  • International Travel Grants up to $5,000
  • Athlete support workshops


2018 RMIT Female Athlete of the Year

Elite Athlete Program member, squash player Christine Nunn, represented Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Do I meet the Elite or Emerging Athlete criteria at RMIT?

Elite athletes:

  • National Squad member from a Sport Australia recognised and funded sport
  • AIS scholarship holder
  • VIS scholarship holder
  • Member of any of the following: AFL Players Association, Australian Cricketers’ Association, Rugby Union Players Association, Rugby League Professionals’ Association, Professional Footballers Australia


Emerging athletes:

  • Listed player in the:

    - Victorian Football League (VFL and VFL Women's) (Australian Rules), 
    - NPL or NPLW (Football Victoria),
    - NRL Victoria (First Grade),
    - Rugby Dewar Shield (Seniors),
    - Premier Grade Cricket 
    - NBL1 (Formerly South East Australian Basketball League)  

What you will need when applying

  • Confirmation on letterhead from your sporting governing body that you are in one of the squads listed above (screen shots and emails will not be accepted)
  • If applying for an international travel grant, details of the competition, travel dates and flight bookings (if flight bookings not yet available flag that this detail will follow)

Apply for the REAP program here




2019 Travel Grant Applications

Please note 2019 Elite Athlete Travel Grant Applications have now closed.

Contact Us

Questions and enquiries can be sent to our Coordinator, Elite Athlete Pathways via;

Phone: +61 3 9925 5411


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