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Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute


The Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute at Clemson University serves as a multi-disciplinary platform for the academic study of sport sciences across the University. We offer the following programs and opportunities for Clemson affiliates and partners.  



Endowed in memory of Robert H. Brooks’ late son, Mark Brooks ’91, this fund provides scholarships to undergraduate students majoring in the four legacy programs at Clemson University (sports communication, sports marketing, sports management and motorsports engineering). Applicants are reviewed each spring and awarded the following academic year. Find us on Clemson News for details on past awardees. 


The Institute engages Clemson students each semester through part-time internships focused on marketing and communications, event operations and more. Please visit ClemsonJobLink and search for the “Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute” to review and apply for our open internship postings. 


Clemson students seeking travel funding for professional conferences and events to present or professionally engage in sports-related work and activities may apply to the Institute’s student travel grant program. These applications will be reviewed and awarded on an ongoing basis. Please click here to learn more and apply. 



Faculty fellow applications are received and accepted on a rolling basis. Our Clemson fellows meet once per semester to update each other on sports science-related activities at the University. Please email John DesJardins at with a cover letter attached describing your interest in the appointment and your activities/collaborations (past, present, or future) that align with the mission of the Institute, plus a copy of your CV.


Named for Brooks’ son and three colleagues who died in a 1993 plane crash, four Legacy Professors are responsible for building a more in-depth program of study within each of their disciplines by recruiting and encouraging other faculty and students to contribute to the Institute’s mission.


Each year, competitive seed grants are awarded to Clemson faculty and researchers to engage in multidisciplinary sports research. Proposals are received through InfoEd each spring and awarded at the start of the next fiscal year. Please click here for the latest call for proposals. Find us on Clemson News for details on past awardees. 


Each fall, the Institute hosts a Sports Science Research and Creative Endeavors Symposium for Clemson faculty, staff, students and guests to present their sports-related activities and network with others. This is a great opportunity for the Clemson community to come together under the umbrella of sports sciences to see how we might partner and support each other, and propel Clemson to becoming a leading sports science University.

Join us on October 24 at the Madren Center in 2024 for our inaugural event. Please click here for the preliminary event details and to fill out the participation form to present your activities. Visit our Events & News page for information on past and upcoming events. 



The Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute supports Clemson entities engaged in the sports sciences through sponsorships. Contact us with your sponsorship proposal for consideration. 


Looking to collaborate with the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute but note sure where you fit in? Contact us for partnership opportunities. We are always looking for new partners at every level that will bring Clemson to the forefront of the sports science community. 


Donors to the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute make a tangible impact on sports and society. Your generous financial contribution will be used toward the initiatives outlined above including, but not limited to, groundbreaking research in the sports sciences that may impact the health and well-being of athletes and others engaged in sport. Click here and search "Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute" to contribute. 

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