HOW DO I APPLY?
You will need to provide basic information on your background and current position, and research/professional interests. You will be required to submit a CV and a statement of interest. You will also be required to answer one short answer essay, 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 is available here.
WHO SHOULD APPLY TO THE INSTITUTE?
Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, and have in the past included regulators, lawyers, academics (including early career, established academics, 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 participants working on themes related to regulated and unregulated speech online, digital rights, media activism, and the role of corporations in media policymaking. The program benefits from a diversity of participants.
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. We do not contact referees in all cases.
WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
The early decision application deadline is 20 March and the final deadline is 20 April 2020. Applications are typically reviewed on a rolling basis before the deadline, so we recommend early applications.
WHAT ARE THE FEES OF THE INSTITUTE?
Tuition for the Oxford Summer Institute is 1,800 GBP (plus a £10.00 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, or accommodation grants, are available for applicants from the global south.
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 £82 per night (en-suite room with bathroom in room) for 13 nights (from Sunday, August 4th to Saturday, August 17th). Breakfast is included. Please note that we have reserved a fixed number of rooms, and rooms will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Most participants chose to stay in the College accommodation and we recommend this as the ideal option. It is a great opportunity to have breakfast with speakers, to socialize with other participants and the accommodation is located very centrally and close to where the Institute will be taking place.
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 accommodation. 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 central housing can be hard to come by, and expensive, late in the game!
CAN I BRING MY FAMILY?
If you would like to bring your family you will likely need to organize your own accommodation. St Catherine’s College may have some double rooms available.
WHAT IS HOUSING LIKE AT ST.CATHERINE’S COLLEGE?
Accommodation in Oxford colleges is basic, yet clean and comfortable. All rooms have a private en-suite bathroom. St Catherine’s College has a gorgeous garden and substantial breakfast. All bedrooms are provided with bed linen, towels, toiletries and desks. Further information and pictures can be found on the St Catherine’s website.
CAN I ATTEND FOR ONLY PART OF THE INSTITUTE?
Applicants should be available to participate for the entire duration of the Institute.
HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED ABOUT ACCEPTANCE?
Applicants will be notified of acceptance by email on a rolling basis but by the 1st of 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 need an early decision due to summer planning deadlines, please submit as soon as possible and designate your need for early decision on the application.
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 that they can use to support their application. 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.
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