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2012 Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute

June 18-29, 2012

University of Oxford

Application period is now closed.

The Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP) are pleased to host the 14th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute, to be held from Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 29, 2012 at the University of Oxford.

The annual summer institute brings together young scholars and regulators to discuss important recent trends in technology, international politics and development and its influence on media policy. Participants come from around the world; countries represented at previous summer institute include Thailand, Kenya, China, Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Jordan, Italy and Bosnia, among others.

This year the summer institute seeks, as part of the cohort, researchers and academics (PhD candidates and early career academics, for example), who will come with a research project related to the general subject of the seminar. Research generally related to the work of the Center for Global Communication Studies and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy is especially welcome, and some participants will be asked to present their research.

The seminars this year will focus on several key areas, including media governance in India and China and strategic communication in conflict and post-conflict and transitional environments, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. At the same time, the successful curriculum that has been the foundation of the program over the years will continue, with sessions covering global media policy issues such as media and economic/social development, freedom of information, internet regulation and convergence. Part of the course will be devoted to new developments in comparative approaches to regulation, looking at Ofcom in the UK and other agencies, including examples from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The seminar brings together a wide range of participants from around the globe and provides them with an environment in which significant policy issues are seriously discussed. The richness of the experience comes from exposure to a variety of speakers and from the discussions among participants themselves.



The application deadline has passed. For more information on the 2013 Annenberg-Oxford Institute, please email


1. How do I apply to AnOx?

You will need to provide basic information on your background, submit a CV and statement of interest, and provide contact information for two references. This year the application process is being conducted entirely online. It can be accessed here.* Email us if you have any concerns with this process. For instructions on the online application, please Click Here.

*BiH nationals applying for the BiH Project Civic Media Fellowships should not apply online. If you are a BiH national, please click here for instructions on how to apply, and email for additional information.

2. Who should apply to the Institute?

Participants at AnOx come from a wide range of backgrounds, and have in the past included regulators, lawyers, PhD and law students, media practitioners, 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 (PhD candidates and early career academics) working on these themes. We encourage those with research interests in these areas to apply. At the same time, the program benefits from a diversity of participants, and applications are also welcome from those working as lawyers and those employed by NGOs, government bodies, and regulatory agencies.

3. What is the application deadline?

The application deadline is March 31, 2012.

4. What are the fees of the institute?

Tuition for the Annenberg / Oxford Summer Institute is 835 GBP. The total cost for the Institute will depend on the type of accommodation selected. More information on housing is available below. Information about the payment process will be provided to accepted applicants.

5. Is funding available? How do I apply for funding?

There are a few scholarship opportunities available, ranging from partial tuition waivers to full funding. This year, Internews Network will again be offering twelve Media Policy Fellowships that cover tuition, housing, travel, and per diem*. The fellowship is particularly geared to those who are researching media advocacy, reform, and implementation in post-conflict societies. For more information about the Internews Media Policy Fellowships, please click here. For additional questions, please email Laura Schwartz-Henderson at

*Two Fellowships are reserved for the BiH Project Civic Media Fellowships. BiH nationals should email for more information.

6. What accommodation is provided/available?

Housing at Jesus College, which includes breakfast, is available for all participants for a cost of either 55 GBP per night (standard room with shared bathroom) or 75 GBP per night (ensuite room with bathroom in room) for 13 nights (from Sunday, June 17 to Saturday, June 30). Please note that we have reserved a fixed number of rooms with either ensuite and shared bathrooms, and rooms will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

7. Can I provide my own housing?

If you would like to arrange your own accommodations, you may do so at your own expense. When submitting your application, please indicate whether you will be arranging your own accommodations. If you do not request housing at Jesus College, please note that the organizers cannot guarantee that housing will be available at a later date, should your arrangements fall through. We encourage all participants to communicate regularly with the organizers in order to ensure that any changes in accommodation needs can be met.

8. Can I bring my family?

We generally discourage participants from bringing family members to the institute, unless you are arranging your own accommodations.

9. What is housing like at Jesus College?

Accommodation in Oxford colleges is basic, yet clean and comfortable. All bedrooms are provided with bed linen, towels, toiletries and hospitality trays.

10. Can I attend for only part of the institute?

Applicants should be available and willing to participate for the entire duration of the Institute.

11. Who should I have write my letters of recommendation?

Recommendations should be written by individuals familiar with your work or your research who can comment on your academic, leadership, and/or research abilities.

12. How will I be notified about acceptance?

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by email in the second week in April.

13. Do I need a visa?

Please visit this site to find out if you need a visa to participate-

14. I need a visa to visit the UK. What is the visa process after acceptance?

Applicants who need visas will be provided with a letter of acceptance, and, if necessary, funding support for obtaining visas. Applicants in need of a visa are encouraged to begin the visa process as soon as they receive notification of acceptance, as there are frequently unseen delays in the visa application process. For more information, please visit the UK Border Agency,


If you have any questions or need assistance, please email Laura Schwartz-Henderson at