Call for Applications for 2012 Media Policy Fellowships

March 25, 2012
Internews-sponsored fellowships available for Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute on Global Media Policy

Ten fully-funded fellowships to participate in the 14th annual Annenberg-Oxford Media Policy Summer Institute are available for qualified applicants from the developing world.

Sponsored by Internews’ Global Human Rights Program, the Internews Media Policy Fellowships include tuition, housing, travel and per diem to attend the two-week course, to be held between June 18 and 29 at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Fellowships are available to individuals from developing countries, particularly those from post-conflict nations, who focus on media law and policy in their societies.

The deadline to apply for the Summer Institute and the Fellowship is April 9, 2012.  Interested individuals can apply online through the CGCS website, indicating interest in the Fellowship when submitting.

The annual Summer Institute brings together young scholars and regulators to discuss important recent trends in technology, international politics and development and their influence on media policy.  Participants come from around the world countries represented at previous Institutes include Jordan, Thailand, Kenya, China, Brazil, Egypt, Nigeria, Peru, Pakistan and Russia, among others. The Institute provides them with an environment in which significant policy and research issues are discussed in-depth.

The richness of the experience comes from exposure to a variety of speakers and from the discussions among participants themselves. The profiles and testimonies of 2011 Media Policy Fellows can be found here.

The seminars this year will focus on several key areas: 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 Summer Institute 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.

Applications for the 2012 program must be SUBMITTED ONLINE by April 9, 2012. 

About the Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute

The Annenberg-Oxford Summer Institute is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Communication Studies within the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP).

About Internews’ Global Human Rights Program

Internews’ Global Human Rights Program facilitates networking for media law and policy advocates at regional and global levels. The program’s goal is to bolster knowledge of media law and policy and strengthen the strategic skills of legal advocates to advance reform.