British Society of Sports History

Promoting the Study of the History of Sport

BSSH Research Grants Early Career Researchers

BSSH Research Grants Early Career Researchers

Award: Up to £500

Closing Date: 15 January 2019

Eligibility: This award is open for anyone within 3 years of the award of their Doctoral degree. It is only open to members of the BSSH. BSSH Trustees may not apply for this award.

Parameters of the award:

The award is intended to help an individual undertake new original primary research in any area of sports history, which may lead to a demonstrable output in support of the charity’s goals (including publications). The fund may be used for, inter alia, research trips to archive (in UK and Abroad). Funding is not intended to support trips to conferences, the hosting of, or attendance at, public events, the cost of food/drink while on research trips, capital expenditure, joint research projects with established academics, or already established academic projects within a higher/further education institution. Applications for projects costing more than £500 will be considered, however, only a maximum of £500 will be reimbursed. The BSSH Trustees reserve the right to split the award should more than one project be deemed worthy of funding.

Application procedure: Requests for funding should be sent to the BSSH Postgraduate/ECR Representative ( by 15th January 2019. Applications will then be considered at the Trustee meetings. You will be informed of the outcome of your application in February.

Your application should specify:

* an outline of the project and its importance for Sport History

* a budget of the project

* the amount requested

* details of other bodies funding the project

In addition to the application form, you are asked to submit a CV and a short written reference or letter of support for your project from a supervisor (for postgraduates), mentor or other academic.

Requirements for successful bidders:

Successful bidders are to supply receipts for any award amount claimed. Any successful bidders are required to produce a report for the BSSH, which may be published online, about how funds have been used. Successful bidders are required to recognise the help provided by the BSSH in all material disseminated relating to the project, including journal articles, public presentations etc., as stipulated by the Board of Trustees of the BSSH.


Finances from the award will be paid to the recipient retrospectively following the completion of the project/research trip, upon receipt of a full expenses claim.


Please address any questions in the first instance to Nick Piercey (BSSH Postgraduate/ECR Representative) at