2018 PhD Students Research Grants awarded

In the framework of the PhD Students Research Grant Programme, The Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has selected seven research projects based on their academic quality and link with Olympic studies.

Out of these seven projects, five correspond to the “Open subject” category and two to the “National Olympic Committees’ Policy Priority” category. The second category is organised in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity.

The selected candidates and their chosen projects are:

For the “Open subject” category:

  1. MARON Samuel (USA)

Durable and ephemeral legacies in the Olympic city: From Los Angeles 1984 to the bid for Los Angeles 2024/2028
Northeastern University, USA


Dual career for Spanish high-level athletes: Facilities and difficulties with the socio-occupational integration process after retirement
Universidad Europea de Madrid, Spain

  1. SHIN Nari (Republic of Korea)

Socially sustainable development through the Olympic Games in the context of glocalization: The case of Hoeggye-ri, the hosting of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

  1. WANG Yan (People’s Republic of China)

Volunteer's collective memory as a potential legacy of the Youth Olympic Games
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

  1. XU, Qingru (People’s Republic of China)

Examining the Olympic Channel from a gendered lens: Content, production and social media uses
The University of Alabama, USA

For the National Olympic Committees’ Policy Priority” category:

  1. CHRISTOFOROU Anastasia (Cyprus)

Research project supported by The Cyprus National Olympic Committee

Sink or swim: The impact of having a child with Olympic potential on family well-being
Brunel University London, Great Britain

  1. KOBI Assewe Narcisse (Ivory Coast)

Research project supported by the Ivory Coast Olympic Committee

Sports reform related to the sports law in Côte d’Ivoire, Franco-Ivorian comparative law
Aix-Marseille Université, France

The chosen students benefit from a grant which allows them to carry out their research project and, if relevant, to consult The Olympic Studies Centre’s resources in Lausanne (Switzerland). The results of their research must be submitted to the OSC at the end of 2018.

Background of the programme

The PhD Programme is one of the research programmes that has been organised by the OSC since 1999, aiming to support academic research related to Olympism, the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Games. It serves as a link between the IOC and the universities of the world by reaching out to the next generation of professors, who are now graduate students in the humanities and social sciences.

What is the selection process?

The winners were selected by a committee of academic experts renowned for the quality of their research linked to Olympism and/or their involvement in Olympic studies. The selection committee for the 2018 edition of the programme comprised the following members: Marion Keim (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), Sigmund Loland (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway), Ana Maria Miragaya (Universidade Estàcio de Sà, Brazil), , Benoît Seguin (University of Ottawa, Canada), Tracy Taylor (University of Technology Sydney, Australia), Cesar Torres (State University of New York, United States), Thierry Zintz (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) as well as OSC representatives.

When is the next edition?

As of the 2019 edition, the PhD Students Research Grant Programme will change its title and scope to “PhD Students and Early Career Academics Research Grant Programme”. It will not only be open to PhD students but also to academic staff members and postdoctoral fellows who have completed their doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in the past three years.

The “National Olympic Committees’ Policy Priority” category will no longer be available.

The 2019 edition of the PhD Grant Programme will be launched in April 2018. Related documents will be available here.

Other research grant opportunities

University professors, lecturers and research fellows who have completed their doctorate and who currently hold an academic/research appointment covering the period of the grant are eligible to apply to the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme.

This programme aims to promote advanced research by established researchers with a humanities or social sciences perspective in priority fields of research, which are identified annually by the IOC. See here for additional information.

Stay tuned! Deadline to submit your application to the 2018/2019 edition of the Advanced programme is 2 February 2018.

For more information on The Olympic Studies Centre, its resources, services and research grant programmes, visit our website (www.olympic.org/studies) or contact studies.centre@olympic.org.

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