Tom Brock Scholarship

A scholarship of $5,000 may be awarded to postgraduate or post-doctoral students undertaking research on rugby league in Australia. The scholarship will be awarded for one calendar year and may be renewable for one and even two years. A successful applicant will be known as the Tom Brock Scholar and any publication or conference paper, drawing on research undertaken during that year, should make reference to this fact in its title. The Tom Brock Scholar will be required to provide two brief reports on research progress during the year that the scholarship is held.


The Tom Brock Bequest Committee was established by the Australian Society for Sports History to promote research and writing on the history of Rugby League, with a major focus on the South Sydney district. One of the Committee’s functions is the award of an annual scholarship intended to assist early career researchers.

The scholarship will be awarded to assist in the completion of a relevant project in the field of history or a related humanities or social science discipline, preferably related to:

· The social history of rugby league in Australia, OR
· The history of the relationship of rugby league to other sports in Australia

Other topics which may be considered by the committee are:

· The history of the relationship of Australian rugby league with rugby league in other countries.
· The history of rugby league in other countries.
· The history of sport more generally, in the South Sydney region.

Preference may be given for projects which relate to the South Sydney Rugby League Club and normally will be given to applications from current or recent postgraduate students, however undergraduate honours degree projects may also be considered and established researchers may also apply. In the event of a lack of applications of sufficient merit the committee may choose to not award a scholarship for that year. Although the award is for one year only a successful applicant may apply for a second consecutive award.

Payments will be made in three stages, the first ($1500) on the announcement of the award, the second ($1500) after the acceptance by the committee of the scholar’s progress report, which is due six months after the announcement of the award. The third payment ($2000) will be made after the committee has approved the scholar’s final report, due twelve months after the announcement of the award.

The successful scholar will be required to present a paper, based on the project, to the next Sporting Traditions Conference ASSH and to attend the annual Tom Brock Lecture to participate in the formal presentation of the award.

Applications should address the following criteria:

· Name and address details of the applicant
· Short title of the project (150 words max.)
· Aims/goals
· Significance/benefits of the project
· Detailed statement of the research plan, methodology, research schedule and sources
· Expected outcomes of the research (type of publications etc)
· Proposed budget for expenditure of the award funds
· Track record of the researcher (qualifications, awards, positions held, projects completed)
· List of publications

Applications should be made to:

Professor Richard Cashman
PO Box 717
Petersham NSW 2049

CLOSING DATE: 4 November 2015


Any enquiries and applications should be directed to:
Richard Cashman

Former Tom Brock Scholars

2014 Tracey Lee Holmes
2013 David Lakisa
2012 Lindsay Barrett
2011 Ian Warren, Deakin University
2010 Mark Falcous, University of Otago
2009 Katherine Haines, Sydney
2008 Erik Nielsen, University of New South Wales
2007 Chris Valiotis, University of Newcastle
2006 James Connor, Australian National University
2004-05 Bill Greenwood, Massey University, NZ
2002 Rollo Manning, Darwin
2001 Greg Mallory, Brisbane
2000 Charles Little, The University of New South Wales