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International Summer School in Forced Migration, 7-19 July 2019, Oxford University, UK

Publish Date: Jan 18, 2019

Deadline: Feb 22, 2019

Event Dates: from Jul 07, 2019 12:00 to Jul 19, 2019 12:00


The Summer School offers an intensive, interdisciplinary and participative approach to the study of forced migration. It enables people working with refugees and other forced migrants to reflect critically on the forces and institutions that dominate the world of the displaced. The course combines the very best of Oxford University’s academic excellence with a stimulating and participatory method of critical learning and reflection.


The Summer School is principally designed for policymakers and practitioners working on refugee protection and related issues, normally with several (usually at least five) years of work experience. Participants typically include staff of the main refugee, migration and humanitarian international organisations; staff from refugee, human rights and humanitarian NGOs, and government officials working on refugee protection and related issues. We are particularly keen to include those from a refugee background who work for refugee advocacy and community groups.

Participants also include academics and postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working directly on refugee and forced migration issues; practicing lawyers and advocates working in refugee and human rights law pertaining to forced migrants; journalists, commentators and activists working on refugee protection and the human rights of forced migrants.


Our course tutors are fundamental to the success of the Summer School, as highlighted by a former participant:

“We are honoured by your selection of amazing tutors!! Each tutor has been more than generous in sharing his knowledge, his concerns, his lessons learned throughout his outstanding career. They treated us all equally and made sure we were all engaged in the discussion/activities.”

We are pleased to announce that the course tutors for the 2018 Summer School will be:

Catherine Briddick (Martin James Departmental Lecturer in Gender and Forced Migration, RSC)

Cathryn Costello (Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor of International Human Rights and Refugee Law, RSC)

Matthew Gibney (Elizabeth Colson Professor of Politics and Forced Migration, RSC)

Maryanne Loughry (Research Professor, Boston College & Associate, Jesuit Refugee Service)

Liesbeth Schockaert (Training, Research and Consultancies in Humanitarian Action)

Tom Scott-Smith (Associate Professor of Refugee Studies and Forced Migration, RSC)


Applicants should have:

  • substantial experience in working with, or on issues related to, refugees or other forced migrants;
  • a first degree as a minimum;
  • proficiency in the English language. As a guide, foreign-language English speakers should be able to obtain a score of 7.00 in ELTS/IELTS or 570 in TOEFL.*

*Please note that if your first language is not English, or if your first language is English but you are not a national of the UK, Ireland or a majority English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you must supply suitable evidence that you have reached the relevant higher or standard level before any offer of a place can be confirmed. The requirement to provide English language test scores may be waived in cases where you have successfully completed or are currently completing a degree-level or postgraduate course that is: full-time, at least nine months long, undertaken at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction and assessment throughout the course is entirely in English.


The fee for 2019 is £3,375.

This covers 13 nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation; all tuition; all course materials, including reading materials; 3 lunches each week; and a range of social activities including welcome and farewell dinners. Evening and weekend meals are not included in the course fee. Participants will need to meet their own travel costs and arrange any country entry requirements.


Refugee Studies Centre bursaries are available for Summer School candidates who:

  • are nationals of a developing country,
  • are resident in a developing country,
  • and whose work concerns refugees and/or forced migration.

Those who have already submitted applications for the 2019 Summer School need not re-apply as eligible candidates will automatically be considered for these bursaries.

Candidates wishing to be considered for bursary support must apply directly via the International Summer School office and not contact the donors. Please note the deadline for a bursary application to the International Summer School is 22 February 2019.

All eligible bursary applicants are required to submit a 500 word bursary statement. Further details can be found on the application form.

Typical bursary funding covers the participation fee (including accommodation), return travel to Oxford in economy class, weekday lunches and a subsistence allowance.

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