These grants are designed to support multiple members of the BSSH to present a sport history panel at a conference: a great opportunity to engage with other fields and disciplines as well as our own.

  • Award: up tp a maximum of £500 for a UK-based conference; £750 for a European conference; and £1,000 for conferences outside of Europe
  • Closing Date: Open applications
  • Eligibility: All panellists must be members of the BSSH


These grants are designed to assist BSSH members with the cost of attending conferences / symposia / workshops, as part of a joint BSSH panel. Applications for any event will be considered: applications will be judged on merit based on the extent to which they are seen to promote the study of sports history, particularly within the British context.

Individuals may not apply. The money must be used to fund a panel, not an individual’s attendance at a conference. Applications for financial assistance with attending the BSSH’s own annual conference will also not be considered.

Submissions will only be accepted from those who are BSSH members at the time of application. Presenters are expected to still be BSSH members at the time they present. Submissions made by non-members at the deadline for each award will not be considered.

Those who successfully gain an award may not submit a proposal for the next twelve months.

Should the panel be rejected by the conference organisers after an application is accepted by BSSH, the funding will not be awarded. Applicants will need to reapply for each subsequent conference even if the named panellists are the same.

Application procedure:

Applications should be sent to the BSSH Vice Chair ( These will then be considered by a panel of judges and approval sought from Trustees.

Click here to download the application form

Applications should specify:

  • Details of the conference / other event for which the funding is being requested
  • A list of all panel members along with the anticipated theme of the panel
  • An outline of how the panel will contribute to the study of sports history
  • A budget for attendance at the conference, including all expected costs
  • Details of any other funding applied for in conjunction with the conference
  • Details of how the panellists plan to maximise publicity for the BSSH before, during and after the conference

Requirements for successful bidders

Successful bidders are to supply receipts for any award amount claimed. They are required to recognise the help provided by the BSSH in all material disseminated relating to the conference, including the conference programme.

During the conference, bidders will be expected to do the following:

  • Mention BSSH at the start of the panel
  • Include the BSSH logo on their Powerpoint slides
  • Distribute BSSH flyers during the panel (and at other points during the conference, if appropriate)
  • Post tweets during the conference using the official event hashtag, referencing the BSSH Twitter account (@BritSportHisSoc)

After the conference concludes, successful bidders are also required to produce a report for the BSSH, which may be published online, about the conference (or other event). The help given by BSSH should also be recognised in any publications resulting from the conference.


Finances from the award will be paid to the recipients retrospectively following the completion of the conference, upon receipt of a full expenses claim.