ESRC Digital Good Network

Digital Good Network Summer School

  • Shef Summer Sq
    24 – 26 June 2024, at the University of Sheffield, UK


    The ESRC Digital Good Network is building a research community focused on what a good digital society should look like and how we get there.

What is the Digital Good Network Summer School?

The Digital Good Network Summer School provides a fully funded opportunity for PhD researchers to engage with a range of theoretical, methodological and professional development topics relating to the digital good.

The summer school is an annual face-to-face residential program hosted at the University of Sheffield in late June. It includes lectures, workshops, sprints and other activities delivered by leading digital society researchers and practitioners from a range of industries and sectors.

Attendees will learn about early career grant-writing, and how and why to engage with stakeholders from different sectors in research-transforming ways. There will be opportunities to explore cutting-edge computational methods in addition to hearing from leading digital society journal editors about how to write excellent peer-reviewed articles.

As well as developing participants’ skills and capacity, the Digital Good Network Summer School aims to build our wider Digital Good Network. Attendees will have opportunities to network with leading researchers and practitioners, building potential future research collaborations.

June23 Digital Network 3

You can read a blogpost from a 2023 Summer School attendee here.


Unlike many other PGR summer schools, the Digital Good Network Summer School is free to attend. We will award at least 20 funded places to participants based on our assessment of the applications we receive.  Within this total we will fund a minimum of 18 places for UK based PhD students and a minimum of 2 places for PhD students studying at a University based in the Global South (subject to receiving sufficient applications of a fundable calibre).  We have identified the Summer School as a key vehicle enabling us to internationalise what we do.  We have decided to focus on the Global South specifically as we are committed to spreading the network’s investments in a way that opens us more channels of knowledge production and exchange.  We aim to amplify less heard voices and perspectives from the Global South and low and middle income countries.

Funding covers return travel to Sheffield, meals and accommodation.  For overseas attendees funding also covers any other costs associated with travel ie. visas.  But please note it is the applicant’s responsibility to check, and make, any arrangements relating to relevant visas.

Where we have permission to do so, we will also include summer school training materials on our website for those who are not able to attend.

The 2023 Summer School

Below are photos taken at the 2023 Summer School.

You can also view a video here of the keynote speaker, Łukasz Szulc, who spoke about ‘Feminist and Queer Manifestos for Digital Utopias’.

Applications for the 2024 Summer School

Copy Of Summer School 2024

This opportunity is now closed. The deadline for applications was Thursday 15 February 2024.

You can, however, read the application process and criteria for reference purposes on our dedicated webpage here.