The Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute in the Field of Media
The Annenberg-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 Annenberg-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.
The 2018 Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute will be held at the University of Oxford. Applications are welcomed from students and practitioners working in communications, media, law, policy, regulation, and technology.
In order to apply applicants should submit the following documents.
- Applicant should provide basic demographics, information on background and current position, and research/professional interests.
- CV and a 1-2 page statement of interest.
- Answer to one short essay (2-3 paragraphs), and provide
- Contact information for one referee who would be willing to provide a reference for you (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 Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis before the deadline, so Institute recommends that you get it in as soon as you can.
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, Institute 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 an 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.
Participants at “AnOx” 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. 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 (Ph.D. 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.
Tuition for the Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute is 1,500 USD (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.
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.
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