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02 Feb 2015
Olympic Studies Centre

2015 Academic Research Grants Awarded

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

The 2015 PhD Students Grant winners

The seven selected candidates and their chosen projects are:  

-  Nikhilesh BHATTACHARYA (Jadavpur University, India): “Where the English Refused to Tread: India’s Role in Establishing Hockey as an Olympic Sport”.

-  Tom BUSSEUIL (Centre Georges Chevrier, Université de Dijon, France): “From Los Angeles to Helsinki (1932-1952): the way the French daily newspapers dealt with Olympism”.

-  Jonathan JENSEN (The Ohio State University, USA): “The Evolution of Olympic Commercialism: A Mixed Methods Perspective”.

-  Kristy O’NEILL (University of Sydney, Australia): “Early Developmental Environment and Olympic Success: An Analysis of Australia’s Top Sporting Communities”.

-  Sandra TAVARES (King’s College University, Great Britain): “The Role of Media in Young People’s Memories and Expectations of the Olympic Games”.

-  Matthew WADDELL (University of Western Ontario, Canada): “Olympism and Paralympism: Is Unified Sport Possible?”

-  Erika GULYAS (University of Physical Education, Hungary): “The Competitiveness of the Hungarian Elite Sport System”.

The chosen students benefit from a grant which allow them to carry out their research project and, if relevant, to consult the Olympic Studies Centre’s resources in Lausanne (Switzerland) (including the document and imagery archives of the International Olympic Committee, its official publications and an large collection of reference publications related to Olympism and the Olympic Movement). The results of their research must be submitted to the OSC at the end of 2015.

Background of the programme

The PhD Programme is one of the research programmes organised by the OSC since 1999, aiming to support academic research and stimulate intellectual exchange. Its main objective is to encourage PhD students to undertake doctoral research with a humanities or social sciences perspective on any aspect of the Olympic phenomena. This year, for the first time, the programme has featured, in collaboration with Olympic Solidarity, a new category of grants aimed especially at PhD students whose research addresses subjects of interest to the National Olympic Committees of their countries.

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 2015 edition of the programme comprised the following members: Gudrun Doll-Tepper (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany), Ian Henry (Loughborough University, Great Britain), Sigmund Loland (Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway), Ana Maria Miragaya (Universidade Estàcio de Sà, Brazil), 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.

When is the next edition?

The 2016 edition of the PhD Grant Programme will be launched in April 2015. Related documents will be available here.

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.

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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