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Your details

Your academic details

If you have not yet decided on a topic for research, please enter a general subject area. Note that we cannot accept students who are unable to give any information about their likely area of research.
Please enter a brief summary of your current or proposed thesis topic, including research questions, methodology and likely contribution.

Reasons for applying

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Accompanying Materials

When attaching any documents to your application, please ensure your surname is included in the file names. Please note we cannot consider applications which do not include these materials.
Please attach your most up-to-date CV. This should include details of all prior qualifications, academic publications, prizes or scholarships, as well as the final marks/GPA or class of your most recent completed degree. *
Maximum upload size: 67.11MB
Please attach or enclose a piece of recent relevant work (3000 words max.), written in English, which you think best displays your intellectual skills. This might be a thesis chapter or extract, a portion of a journal paper or even an essay; it need not be published and can certainly be work in progress. The word limit is 3000 words excluding footnotes or bibliography. You may submit documents longer than 3000 words, but please bear in mind that in order to be fair to all candidates we cannot read more than the first 3000 words. *
Maximum upload size: 67.11MB


No application will be considered until we receive a supporting reference from your primary dissertation supervisor. emailed to It should address the following questions:

  • Whether and why you think your student would benefit from attending this summer programme
  • How you feel your student would fare in an international, interdisciplinary environment that depends on openness to intellectual exploration and collegial feedback
  • How you would describe the quality and potential of their academic work
  • Whether you would also support an application for scholarship support (and your reasoning)

Please also enter the details of your referee below, so that we can contact them if we do not receive the reference in good time.

Special Requirements

Personal information collected via this form will be held in accordance with the provisions of the GDPR and solely for the purposes of processing applications to the Summer Doctoral Programme. It will be held securely and not passed on to third parties outside the OII. Please see our privacy policy for further information.