Launch of the 2021 PhD Students and Early Career Academics Research Grant Programme

IOC/ Catherine Leutenegger

18 Jun 2020

The IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has launched the 2021 edition of the PhD Students and Early Career Academics Research Grant Programme.

The main objectives of the programme are to encourage research with a humanities or social sciences perspective on any aspect dealing with the Olympic Movement and/or the Olympic Games and to promote the consultation of the IOC’s patrimony by facilitating access to the historical archives, library collections and image archives.

Who is eligible to apply?

All current postgraduate students enrolled in a PhD programme within the human and social sciences and having Olympism, the Olympic Movement or the Olympic Games as one of their research topics.

All academic staff members and postdoctoral fellows who have completed their doctorate or equivalent terminal degree (including masters, depending on the field) in the past three years (counting from the degree completion date).

Rules, application form and deadline for submission

Application files, and any related correspondence, should be sent to the OSC via its dedicated portal before 25 September 2020. The complete explanatory document and the application form are available on our website.

Selection Committee

The Grant Programme Selection Committee is composed of experts who are world-renowned for their involvement in Olympic studies, and of OSC representatives.

Other research 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.

Our unique collection of resources to assist your research

We invite you to discover the Olympic World Library (OWL), a library catalogue entirely dedicated to Olympic knowledge, giving access to over 35,000 official and academic titles, of which over 10,500 are accessible in digital format. 

Don’t miss the key collections of Olympic Games Official reports (Summer Games and Winter Games), the Candidature Files of all bidding cities in Olympic history, the collection of the Olympic Review, the collection of the Olympic Charters, the OSC Reference Collection  and the ZOOM IN pages on a selection of key topics.

You will find as well on the OWL an overview of the IOC historical archives.

For more information on The IOC Olympic Studies Centre, its resources, services and research grant programmes, visit our website or contact

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