About the Summer Institute
The Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, held since 1998, brings together young scholars and regulators from around the world for a 2-week period to discuss, analyze, and debate recent trends in technology and its influence on information policy. For these twenty years, the program has involved top early career scholars, media lawyers, regulators, policymakers, journalists and activists from countries around the world. Participants take part in an intensive and interdisciplinary two-week program in Oxford that blends expert instruction with participatory activity and discussion.
The objective of the program is to help prepare, motivate, encourage and support students and practitioners who aspire to pursue a career in a media-related field, may it be in academia, business or in policy-related fields. Through the discussions and bonds formed at the institute, we aim to encourage longer-term interdisciplinary collaboration. The richness of the experience comes from exposure to a variety of speakers and from the connections forged between participants themselves. The institute’s alumni are a vibrant group, going on to become leaders at top government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, and academic institutions around the world.
More than an intensive summer study program in media law and policy, the Oxford Summer Institute is a way for students in different disciplines to be exposed to a group of their peers hailing from a variety of backgrounds bringing with them an array of life experiences.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2019 Summer Institute will open soon! Applications are welcomed from students and practitioners working in communications, media, law, policy, regulation, and technology.
For a list of frequently asked questions about the institute and the application, please see below. For more information or questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I APPLY?
You will need to provide basic demographics, information on your background and current position, and research/professional interests. You will be required to submit a CV and a 1-2 page statement of interest. You will also be required to answer one short answer essay (2-3 paragraphs), and provide contact information for one referee who would be willing to provide a reference for you. The application process is conducted entirely online and will be available soon.
WHO SHOULD APPLY TO THE INSTITUTE
Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, and have in the past included regulators, lawyers, PhD and law students, media practitioners, technologists, people working in ICT industries, and those working for civil society organizations. In an effort to encourage further scholarship and research on issues related to media law and policy, strategic communication, and media and democratization, this year’s Institute seeks, in particular, to identify talented young scholars (PhD candidates and early career academics) working on themes related to regulated and unregulated speech online, digital rights, media activism, and the role of corporations in media policymaking. At the same time, the program benefits from a diversity of participants, and applications are also welcome from those working in other areas and as lawyers and those employed by NGOs, government bodies, and regulatory agencies.
WHO SHOULD I PUT AS THE CONTACT FOR MY REFERENCE?
Your reference contact should be an individual familiar with your work or your research who can comment on your academic ability, leadership, professional achievements, and/or research interests. Please inform this person that we may be reaching out to them for a reference letter.
WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
The applications are accepted from 15 February until 30 April 2019. Once the application period opens, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before the deadline, so we do recommend that you get it in as soon as you can.
WHAT ARE THE FEES OF THE INSTITUTE?
Tuition for the Oxford Summer Institute is 1,800 GBP (plus a £40.00 processing fee). The total cost for the Institute will depend on your personal travel costs to the UK and the type of accommodation selected. More information on housing is available below. Information about the payment process will be provided to accepted applicants.
IS FUNDING AVAILABLE? HOW DO I APPLY FOR FUNDING?
Funding is very limited. Applicants are encouraged to self-fund or find funding through alternative sources (employers, foundations, government funders). A few full and partial tuition waivers are available for top applicants. There is funding available for two scholarships for travel costs (visas, airfare) and one for housing costs in Oxford. Keep in mind that these scholarships will be highly competitive. On the application, you will have the opportunity to designate the kind of funding you require. For applicants who have potential funding sources, there is an option on the application to apply for scholarship funding with a note that you might be able to secure outside funding.
WHAT ACCOMMODATION IS PROVIDED/AVAILABLE?
Housing at St. Catherine’s College, which includes breakfast, is available for all participants for a cost of 80 GBP +VAT (ca. 102 USD) per night (ensuite room with bathroom in room) for 13 nights (from Sunday, August 4th to Saturday, August 17th). Please note that we have reserved a fixed number of rooms, and rooms will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. On the application, there is a question to designate the type of housing you think you will require.
CAN I PROVIDE MY OWN HOUSING?
If you would like to arrange your own accommodations, you may do so at your own expense. When submitting your application, please indicate whether you will be arranging your own accommodations. If you do not request housing at St.Catherine’s College, please note that the organizers cannot guarantee that housing will be available at a later date, should your arrangements fall through. We encourage all participants to communicate regularly with the organizers in order to ensure that any changes in accommodation needs can be met. Oxford is very busy in the summer, and housing can be hard to come by late in the game!
CAN I BRING MY FAMILY?
We generally discourage participants from bringing family members to the institute, unless you are arranging your own accommodations.
WHAT IS HOUSING LIKE AT ST.CATHERINE’S COLLEGE?
Accommodation in Oxford colleges is basic, yet clean and comfortable. All bedrooms are provided with bed linen, towels, toiletries and hospitality trays.
CAN I ATTEND FOR ONLY PART OF THE INSTITUTE?
Applicants should be available and willing to participate for the entire duration of the Institute.
HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED ABOUT ACCEPTANCE?
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by email by the first week in May at the latest. For applicants who submit before the April deadline, we will endeavor to get back to you at an earlier date. If you are in need of an early decision due to summer planning deadlines, please submit as soon as possible and designate your need for early decision on the application. The first round of early decisions will likely be sent in mid-March. If you designate that you require an early decision, note that the decision process may be slightly more competitive.
DO I NEED A VISA?
Please visit this site to find out if you need a visa to participate.
I NEED A VISA TO VISIT THE UK. WHAT IS THE VISA PROCESS AFTER ACCEPTANCE?
Applicants who need visas will be provided with a letter of acceptance. Applicants in need of a visa are encouraged to begin the visa process as soon as they receive notification of acceptance, as there are frequently unseen delays in the visa application process. For more information, please visit the UK Border Agency.