RMIT Elite Athlete Program

Supporting RMIT's elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence.

What is the 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.

Benefits for elite and emerging athletes

  • Adjustment factors for course entry (10 adjustment factors towards your aggregate score. Equivalent to 3-7 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
  • Personalised degree advice and course planning
  • Athlete support workshops

Am I eligible?

To qualify as an elite athlete, you must be a:

  • 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

To qualify an an eSports elite athlete or coach, you must be a:

  • National level representative competing at an international level
  • Participating in one of the following multiplayer games:
  • PC: League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, PUBG, Fortnite, Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Starcraft 2, Apex Legends, Paladins, Rocket League, Valorant 
  • Console: FIFA, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros Ultimate, Super Smash Bros Melee

To qualify as an emerging athlete, you must be a:

  • State Squad member from a Sport Australia recognised and funded sport
  • Listed player in any of the following – 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)

To qualify as an eSports emerging athlete or coach, you must be:

  • Competing at national level in the top division in one of the PC or console games listed in the eSports elite athlete or coach section

More information

If you have questions about the Elite Athlete Program, email

How to apply

When applying, you'll need to provide confirmation on letterhead from your sporting governing body that you are in one of the squads listed on the previous tab (screen shots and emails will not be accepted).

Stacey Hymer, wearing a Taekwondo uniform, looks at the camera.

Australian Olympian awarded RMIT Elite Athletes Scholarship

Stacey Hymer, a Bachelor of Science (Food Technology and Nutrition) student and Australian Olympian in Taekwondo, has been awarded the 2022 RMIT Elite Athletes Scholarship.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.