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06 Feb 2014
Olympic Studies Centre , IOC News

2014 Academic research grants awarded

In the framework of the adapted PhD Students Research Grant Programme, the IOC Olympic Studies Centre (OSC) has selected four research projects for their academic quality and link with Olympic studies.

The 2014 PhD Students Grant winners

The four selected candidates and their chosen projects are:

-              Xavier RAMON (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain): “Olympic values and sports journalism ethics. The international press coverage of the 2012 Olympics”.

-              Nathalie ROSIER (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium): “A cross-cultural study into the junior-senior transition of Olympic athletes”.

-              Paraskevi SALEPI (University of Peloponnese, Greece): “Archives research on the IOA and its linkage with the Olympic Movement”.

-              Nicola SBETTI (University of Bologna, Italy): “Italy and the Olympic Movement after the Second World War. From exclusion to glory”.

The chosen students will benefit from a grant which will allow them to carry out their research project and if relevant, to consult the OSC’s resources in Lausanne (unique collections of more than one million archived documents, publications, official reports, photos and film archival material). The results of their research must be submitted to the OSC at the end of the year.

20 candidates from 14 countries participated

This year, which has seen the kick-off of the first edition of the revamped programme, 20 candidature files were submitted from 14 countries, addressing a variety of themes concerning mainly the Olympic Games, the Olympic sports, the history of the Olympic Movement, the Olympic values and the athletes.

Who chooses?

The winners were selected by a committee comprising academic experts renowned for the quality of their research linked to Olympism and/or their involvement in Olympic studies. The selection committee for the 2014 edition of the programme comprised the following members: Gudrun Doll-Tepper (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), Beatriz García (University of Liverpool, Great Britain), Ian Henry (Loughborough University, Great Britain), Bruce Kidd (University of Toronto, Canada), Françoise Papa (Université Stendhal Grenoble 3, France), Cesar Torres (State University of New York, United States), Thierry Zintz (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium) as well as OSC representatives.

And next?

The 2015 edition of the PhD Grant Programme will be launched in April 2014. Useful documents will be available on our website.

This year, the first edition of the Advanced Olympic Research Grant Programme was launched. The deadline for submissions for this programme, intended for all university professors, lecturers and research fellows, was 10 February 2014. Applicants will be notified of the results of their application by 6 June 2014.

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