University of Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) 2018 for doctoral students (Scholarship available)

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Application Deadline: (12.00 GMT) on Monday 19 February 2018.

Each year in July, the OII Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) brings together up to 30 advanced doctoral students engaged in dissertation research relating to the Internet and other digital technologies. By sharing their work, debating topics of mutual interest and learning from leading academics in the field, we hope that participants can enhance the quality and significance of their thesis research. Our multi-disciplinary approach means that students are exposed to new ways of thinking about their topics, whilst the strong focus on diverse methodologies encourages renewed focus on effective research design.

The programme’s emphasis on generating positive interactions and providing safe spaces to talk through research problems also serves to create a tightly-knit peer network of excellent junior researchers, many of whom go on to collaborate academically, or just to support each other as friends.

The Summer Doctoral Programme will build upon the research strengths of the OII, involving many of our faculty from across multiple disciplines as well as bringing in excellent guest speakers from other 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. There will also be an opportunity to connect with several alumni from previous years, ensuring that the benefits of the OII SDP network are passed on to this year’s cohort.


The three main criteria for acceptance onto the SDP are academic excellence, overlap with the OII’s areas of interest, and a likelihood that the student will benefit from undertaking the programme. Bear this in mind when you put together your application to ensure that you provide clear evidence on each count.

  1. We really need to know about your thesis research, as one of the primary aims of the programme is to help improve students’ dissertations. So make sure that your thesis abstract is clear and compelling. Remember that although the research is very familiar to you, we will never have heard about it before, so make sure you spell out the broad topic, research questions and likely contribution as simply as possible. Practice this ‘elevator pitch’ on your peers to see if they can understand what your research is really about.
  2. CVs are a great way to show off your strengths, so if you have given presentations, won prizes or undertaken relevant research or teaching experience, make sure you highlight this. Bear in mind that this is an academic programme though, so we don’t need to know about your time spent as a waiter/waitress during your undergraduate degree.
  3. Have a clear understanding of what you want to get out of the SDP, and make sure your referees are aware of this too. It’s helpful to know if you have a particular problem with your survey structure or your theory chapter, so that we can see where we can add some value. Obviously, the networking is an excellent reason to attend, but the best experiences are had by students who know what they need to work on whilst they’re with us.

Funding and Cost

  • The cost of the course is £1850, which covers accommodation at Hertford College, from the 1 July-13 July, and all course tuition fees. Travel to and from Oxford is not included in this fee. Lunch will be provided on week days, and several dinners and social events are also included.
  • The OII offers one SDP scholarship equivalent to the cost of the SDP fee.
  • All applicants will be considered automatically and need not submit any additional information.

How to Apply:

Up to 30 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. Please attach or enclose a letter or email from a supporting referee (more information about this can be found on the application form). Similarly, students should be able to clearly explain how their doctoral studies will benefit from the programme.

To apply, please download and complete the 2018 Application Form and return it to us by emailing it to us in a single email with all relevant attachments, to


Duration: 2 Weeks

SDP 2018: 2 July-13 July 2018

Application deadline:

All applications must be received by midday (12.00 GMT) on Monday 19 February 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 March 2017.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme 2018

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