OII Summer Doctoral Programme 2010, University of Oxford, UK

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1. SDP2010: Apply / Deadline
The SDP2010 Application Form is available on the website. The application process will close at 17:00 GMT on Monday 22 February 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 April 2010.

Apply for the SDP2010: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/teaching/sdp/

References will be requested from one or more of the students` current doctoral supervisors. All teaching will be in English, so all applicants should be able to demonstrate their competence in this language.

2. Candidates: What are we looking for?
Up to 27 places are available, 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.

Like the course tutors, our SDP students come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds: computer science, sociology, law, etc. Whatever the background, the programme aims to facilitate deep discussion of both substantive and methodological research issues, and to help students frame their research questions and direct their research.

As in other years, the SDP2010 will seek to generate dialogue and debate between students from different disciplinary backgrounds with a view to improving each student`s doctoral thesis and identifying topics for future collaborative research. With these aims in mind, we are particularly keen to attract the most promising students who are prepared to engage with different disciplines, backgrounds and viewpoints.

Past student biographies, tutor lists and programmes: http://www.oii.ox.ac.uk/teaching/sdp/

3. Background: the OII Summer Doctoral Programme
Launched in 2003, the OII SDP is now an important fixture of the OII`s year, a time when we bring together a diverse group of students and tutors for two weeks of intense work and discussion. We consciously encourage the international character of the SDP in order to encourage peer networks that are as diverse as possible, and to benefit students who may not have significant academic peer-groups in their own universities.

The programme is held away from Oxford every other year (Beijing 2005, Boston 2007, Brisbane 2009). 2010 being an even year, we will be back home in Oxford.

Quick Stats:
187 students
38 nationalities
86 tutors
370 hours of seminars .. since the first SDP2003. And counting.

4. Fees / Scholarships / Partners
The cost of the course will be £1550, which covers accommodation at Lady Margaret Hall (an Oxford College) from 4-16 July inclusive, and all course tuition fees. Travel to and from Oxford is not included in this fee.

Lady Margaret Hall: http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/

We are currently looking for additional funding to provide support for student scholarships. Students do not need to make a request for a scholarship at the application stage as this will be dealt with once the selection process has been completed.

We are grateful for the generosity of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) in supporting this programme. Our SDP2010 academic partners will be announced soon.

5. Contact / SDP Alumni

Laura Taylor
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Summer Doctoral Programme 2010
Oxford Internet Institute
1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS, UK

Application deadline: 17:00 GMT on Monday 22 February 2010

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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