Applying to the Programme

We are delighted to announce that the fifteenth Oxford Internet Institute (OII) Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) will be held at the OII, Oxford: from 3 July-14 July inclusive.

The aim of the programme is to bring together up to 30 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. There will also be an opportunity to connect with alumni from previous years, ensuring that the benefits of the OII SDP network are passed on to this year’s cohort.

The 2017 Summer Doctoral Programme will build upon the research strengths of the OII, involving many of our Fellows from across multiple disciplines as well as bringing in guest speakers from a variety of 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.

Academic programme

The well-established format of the SDP course structure will be continued with daily research seminars and discussions led by leading researchers. All students will be asked to present their research to their peers in informal seminars with a view to gaining personal feedback on their dissertations. In addition, there will be optional classes focusing on particular tools or methods likely to be of use to subsets of the larger group.

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.

Research areas

We welcome applications from advanced doctoral students in any discipline whose work on issues relating to the Internet engages with the OII’s broad research priorities. Students whose research draws upon different disciplinary traditions are also welcome to apply. 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 research projects in the humanities and computer science.

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 2017 Application Form (below) and return it to us at the OII. You can complete this form electronically using Microsoft Word, and email it to us in a single email with all relevant attachments, at

Download: SDP 2017 Application Form (MS Word, 50KB)

Application deadline

All applications must be received by midday (12.00 GMT) on Monday 20 February 2017.

Successful applicants will be notified by 31 March 2017.

Fees and scholarships

The cost of the course is £1795, which covers accommodation at Hertford College, from the 2 July-14 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, 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.


Jordan Davies, OII Events Officer

Seminar on network analysis with OII Fellow Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon (SDP2012). The SDP is structured around daily seminars and tutorials, aimed at developing student thinking on a range of issues central to the Internet.

Seminar on network analysis with OII Fellow Dr Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon (SDP2012). The SDP is structured around daily seminars and tutorials, aimed at developing student thinking on a range of issues central to the Internet.