2020 PhD Students and Early Career Academics Research Grants awarded

10 Jan 2020

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

The selected candidates and their chosen projects are:

  1. Hannah BORENSTEIN
    A new running economy: Ethiopian female distance runners in networks of capital
    Duke University (USA)
  2. Yoon Jin KIM
    Elite sport coaching and integrity: The fine line between excellence and abuse
    Korea National Sport University (Republic of Korea)
  3. Sebastian KUHN
    The institutionalization of cultural innovation within the organizational structures of the IOC. Case studies of the IOC Culture Commission and the Olympic Museum
    Inland Norway University (Norway)
  4. Andrew PETTIT
    Remembering Sarajevo: Olympic Memory and Legacy during and after the Bosnian War, 1992-2002
    University of Western Ontario (Canada)
  5. Anna POSBERGH
    Fairness and Contemporary Sex Reassignment Regulations: Contextualizing Scientific Understandings of ‘Fair Play’
    University of Maryland (USA)
  6. Helen STAFF
    Understanding and supporting parent clean sport behaviours through an exploration of the sporting system
    Leeds Beckett University (Great Britain)

The chosen candidates 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 2020.

41 candidates from 19 countries and 4 continents applied

For this 21st edition of the programme, 30 applications were submitted by doctoral students and 11 by early career academics.

Background of the programme

The PhD Students and Early Career Academics Grant 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.

What is the selection process?

The grant holders 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 2020 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), Hisashi Sanada (Tsukuba University, Japan), Benoît Seguin (University of Ottawa, Canada), Tracy Taylor (Murdoch University, Australia), Thierry Zintz (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) as well as OSC representatives.

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 2020/2021 edition of the Advanced programme is 31 January 2020.

To see all former grant reports or discover the full OSC’s collections including 35,000 publications and 1.5km of IOC historical archives, visit the Olympic World Library.

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

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