Information on next year’s Summer Doctoral Programme, organised by the Oxford Internet Institute and partners, has just been made available. As a former SDP participant (2007: posts about the various sessions archived here), I can strongly recommend it for PhD students not just in my own field of Internet law but across the range of disciplines where there is an Internet connection of some sort. A particular selling point is the connections you make not just with faculty but with fellow students across the world. Indeed, this year’s programme will take place in Australia. See below the fold for information (from Dr Victoria Nash, Director of Graduate Studies at OII) about the programme and how to apply.

More information at the SDP website including contact details and so on. Additionally, like last year, I am very happy to discuss my experiences of the programme with prospective students via email, though stress that I am not affiliated with OII or any of the organisers. Please feel free to contact me or to add comments to this post if this interests you.

OII SDP 2009: Brisbane (6-17 July, 2009)

I am delighted to announce that we are accepting applications for the OII Summer Doctoral Programme 2009, to be hosted this year by our partners at the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia.

The programme aims to stretch the thinking of all students on a range of issues, to provide valuable advice and support for students’ thesis research, and to establish a peer network of excellent young researchers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the thematic focus this year will be on ‘Creativity, Innovation and the Internet’: our partners on the SDP since 2003, the Creative Industries Faculty is at the forefront of pioneering international research initiatives in creative industries policy, applied creative industries research, digital media design, and the creative and performing arts.

As in previous years, the programme will involve daily research seminars and panel sessions given by leading academics, with students having the opportunity to present their research to their peers in informal seminars. Break-out sessions will allow groups to focus more narrowly on research questions of mutual interest, and time is made available for individual research and informal contact with tutors and fellow students.