Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute 2019 in UK is now open for applications. 2019 Summer Institute in the United Kingdom will be held from August 4-17, 2019 Participants of UK summer school take part in an intensive and interdisciplinary two-week program in Oxford that blends expert instruction with participatory activity, group work, and discussion.


With 30 participants each year, hailing from more than 20 countries, the Media Policy Summer Institute has long offered participants unrivaled exposure to the diverse experiences of its global participants as well as a uniquely informed comparative view of their different media and digital environments. The Institute’s alumni are an exceptional and vibrant group who stay engaged and collaborate well past the end of the 2-week Summer Institute through the active alumni network. Many go on to become leaders at top government agencies, corporations, non-profits, and academic institutions around the world.


Oxford Media Summer Institute 2019 Details:

Host Country:

Summer Institute Duration:

  • 14 Days

Summer Institute Dates:

  • The Oxford Summer School will run from August 4-17, 2019

Summer Institute Theme:

2019 Summer Institute will focus on the theme of Technology & Policy at the Margins.

The internet and other new technologies are rapidly and irreversibly changing global media environments presenting enormous challenges for building policies that both understand the scope of new technologies like artificial intelligence, biometrics, and social media, and can adequately protect the rights of the media and people using them. With the arrival of Europe’s new General Data Protection Regulation and social media giants like Facebook and Google being brought to testify before Congress in the United States, the last year has shown just how urgent it is to make sense of how our online media lives should and should not be governed.

While understanding this changing technology and media landscape is vital in any context, it raises particularly pressing issues for vulnerable populations living “at the margins”. Many, like refugees, Internally Displaced People, those living through conflict, under threat of attack, or under an internet shutdown often lack the ability to advocate for their digital rights or live under regimes that dismiss those rights in part or entirely. With this in mind, this year’s Summer Institute will focus on five key themes through which we will explore many of these challenges to policy and practice, with a particular focus on their effect on populations “at the margins” broadly understood. The five themes are:

  1. Extreme speech online
  2. Biometric technology in vulnerable populations
  3. Innovative efforts to connect the unconnected
  4. Algorithmic bias and inequality
  5. Internet shutdowns

Is Funding Available?

  • 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.

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds and have in the past included regulators, lawyers, Ph.D. and law students, media practitioners, technologists, people working in ICT industries, and those working for civil society organizations.

For a list of frequently asked questions about the institute and the application, please click here. For more information or questions, please contact pcmlp@csls.ox.ac.uk.

Required Documents:

Please note that as part of the application you will be required to submit for summer school in UK:

  1. Details of two people whom we can contact for a reference
  2. CV
  3. Statement of Interest
  4. EITHER a short (500-800 word) description of research or work you have done that is relevant to the Institute OR an article, blog post or other recent writing samples (8,000 words or less) that you have previously written on a media policy issue relevant to the Institute.
  5. Optional: If you are working on any projects or have research ideas that you would like to propose at the institute that would benefit from collaboration with researchers/practitioners from other countries around the world, please describe.

Please make sure you have those ready to paste into the required fields.

How to Apply for Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute 2019?

Please fill out the summer school online application form to apply for the Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute 2019.

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.

Application Deadline:

  •  The final deadline is 20 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.

Admission to summer institute 2019 is highly competitive. On average, They have approximately 400 applicants for just 30 places. At the same time, They proactively work to ensure that those selected come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. To that end, They work with sponsoring partners to offer scholarships to a very select number of participants who would otherwise be unable to attend.