Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) 2010
We are delighted to announce that the eighth Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) will be held in Oxford from 5-16 July 2010.
The aim of the programme is to bring together advanced doctoral students engaged in dissertation research relating to the Internet and other ICTs. By sharing their work and learning from leading academics in the field, students can enhance the quality and significance of their thesis research and create a peer network of excellent young researchers.
The 2010 Summer Doctoral Programme will draw substantially upon the OII's research strengths and will involve participation from many of our faculty, together with colleagues from other partner institutions. It will emphasise methodological innovation and good practice in research design, and will expose students to the benefits of discussing their research in a multi-disciplinary teaching environment.
The well-established format of the SDP course structure will be continued with daily research seminars and discussions led by an international group of leading researchers. All students will be asked to present their research to their peers in informal seminars. The programme will facilitate deep discussion of both substantive and methodological research issues, and help students frame their research questions and direct their research. It will also seek to generate dialogue and debate between students from different disciplinary backgrounds on issues relating to the OII's broad research themes with a view to identifying topics for future collaborative research.
We welcome applications from advanced doctoral students in any discipline whose work in the field of Internet research engages with the OII's research priorities of Everyday life, Governance and democracy, Science and Learning and Shaping the Internet. Reflecting the disciplinary base of the OII, most of the seminars will draw on Internet-related research in the social sciences, but some may also cover aspects of the department's projects in the humanities and computer science.
Tutors will be listed here as they are confirmed over the next few weeks.
Fees and scholarships
The course cost of £1550 covers accommodation at Lady Margaret Hall from 4-16 July inclusive, and all course tuition fees. Travel to and from Oxford is not included in this fee. Lunch will be provided on week days at the OII, and several dinners and social events are also included.
We are currently looking for additional funding to provide support for student scholarships. Further information will be made available as such support is confirmed. Please note that students do not need to make a request for a scholarship at the application stage as this will be dealt with once the selection process has been completed.
How to apply
Up to 27 places are available and will be awarded on a competitive basis. Preference will be given to students at an advanced stage of their doctorate who have embarked on writing their thesis. All teaching will be in English, so all applicants should be able to demonstrate their competence in this language.
All student applications must be supported by one or more of the students' current doctoral programme advisors or dissertation supervisors. References will be requested for all students who are offered a place on the programme. Similarly, students should be able to clearly explain how their doctoral studies will benefit from the programme.
SDP2010 Application Form (Microsoft Word, 50kb)
To apply, please download and complete the SDP2010 Application Form (Microsoft Word, 50kb) and return it either as a single email with all relevant attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or as a hard copy (with accompanying documents) to the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK.
All applications must be received by 17:00 GMT on Monday 22 February 2010.
Successful applicants will be notified by 1 April 2010.
Graduate Studies Coordinator
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