Graduate Student Essay Competition

The International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS) invites graduate students to submit papers for the 2nd “Graduate Student Essay Competition,” to be held in conjunction with the 12th International Symposium for Olympic Research at Western.


  • Any full-time graduate student (at the master’s or doctoral level) who is enrolled in a post-secondary institution for 2014-2015 is eligible to enter the competition.
  • The essay must be original research.
  • It must not have been submitted for consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers that have been accepted for publication elsewhere, are not eligible for this competition.
  • It must not have undergone peer-review for any other conference or journal.
  • Only 1 essay per student will be considered for the competition.


  • The winning recipient will have their registration fee paid for by the host.
  • The winning paper will also be considered for publication in Olympika: The International Journal for Olympic Studies.


  • Full papers are due no later than August 1, 2014.
  • The winning paper will be announced on September 1, 2014.
  • The paper must conform to the following specifications:
    • 4,000-6,000 words, not including endnotes (essays that do not meet these limits will not be considered)
    • include cover page with title and full contact information
    • use 12-point, Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins, double spaced
    • the essay must conform to the ICOS style guidelines available on the ICOS web site; the ICOS style guide follows the humanities convention of the Chicago Manual of Style
    • all papers must be in English
    • the paper must contribute to our cultural understanding of the Olympic and/or Paralympic Games
    • send via email to Janice Forsyth at:
    • MS-Word *.docx is preferred, but *.doc, *rtf, and *.odt documents will be acceptable
  • All research and writing are to be undertaken by the student alone; the essay must be single-authored.
  • The writer of the winning entry shall attend the conference and present the paper.
  • All papers will receive feedback from the review committee.
  • Students who not win the competition are strongly encouraged to revise the resubmit their presentation paper for publication in the edited collection. Revised papers must conform to the “guidelines for the edited collection” for the 2014 Symposium. Revised papers are due September 22, 2014.

Previous Winners

2012: Estee Fresco (Western University, PhD Candidate): Consuming Canada's Colonial Past: Reconciliation and Corporate Sponsorship in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

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