Why We Fight

The Reality of Online Abuse in Sport

Sport is an integral part of society – its very essence is that it should remain a free, open and inclusive environment.

Harassment towards our athletes, personnel, officials, volunteers and fans has reached deplorable levels; we aim to expose and eliminate this online abuse in sports by uniting together.

Discover our mission statement by downloading our white paper here.

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Scholarship Opportunity

The UAOA x FIA scholarship could be your stepping stone!

The FIA is committed to fostering equality, diversity, and inclusion. We’re searching globally for talented researchers who are passionate about combatting online abuse in sport. We’re actively seeking individuals from Africa, Asia, Europe, MENA, Oceania, North and South America, who bring unique reference frames and diversify our research approach.

Without you, achieving global success would not be possible. In order to support your studies, with the FIA Foundation’s support, we are offering scholarships to six dedicated individuals across 2024-2027.

These scholarships, each valued at an average of EUR 10,000, will cover your entire study costs for a Master’s by Research (MPhil) with Dublin City University. The part-time program spans two years and begins on the 1st January 2025  (or a suitable date thereafter).

On this course, you will focus on cutting edge research related to combatting online hate speech within sports. Your assignments and learning will be carried out in English, whilst working remotely under the guidance of a specialist academic advisor.

This means you can stay in your home country or move around the world – you have complete control! Are you ready to join us in this cause?

Download our English brochure to learn more. Our Spanish and Chinese Brochures will be available with the 2024-2025 dates shortly.

How to Apply

Begin your journey with the UAOA Coalition, FIA and DCU Business School

Starting from June 15, 2024, till September 15, 2024, the application process is open to all eligible candidates. We’ve made the process straightforward:

  1. Confirm Your Eligibility: Reach out to us at scholarship@fia.com to confirm you meet the entry requirements and discuss your proposed research topic.
  2. Submit Your Proposal: Your research proposal should be written in English and not exceed four A4 typed pages (1.5 spaces, Times New Roman font). Download our brochure from this link for details on what your proposal should include.
  3. The Review Process: The FIA and DCU Business School will review all applications. Candidates who meet the entry requirements and have relevant research proposals will be shortlisted for an interview in October 2024.
  4. Await Announcement: The successful scholars will be announced in November 2024.

We encourage you to read through our detailed application guide to ensure a smooth application process. Ready to start your journey? Send us an email at scholarship@fia.com!

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Start your application - The research proposal

Send us an email at scholarship@fia.com to take the first step towards your Master’s degree and making a significant contribution to combat online abuse in sports.

Note that for research proposals, we typically require five sections:

  • SECTION ONE: Background to the Proposed Research (max. 500 words)
  • SECTION TWO: Preliminary Literature Review (max. 1,000 words)
  • SECTION THREE: Proposed Research Methodology (max. 750 words)
  • SECTION FOUR: Justification for Proposed Research (max. 750 words)
  • SECTION FIVE: References

Total research proposal should not exceed 4 x A4 typed pages (1.5 spaces, Times New Roman font).

All proposals must be submitted in English, with your name and contact email address on the cover sheet.