The AHRC’s New Generation Thinkers scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through working with the media and public engagement. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community. Each year, up to 60 successful applicants have a chance to develop their media skills, including programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops. Of these up to 10 will become New Generation Thinkers and benefit from a series of unique opportunities such as media and public engagement training with the AHRC and developing their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 including a chance to regularly appear on air. There will also be the possibility of working with BBC TV, putting on events for the Being Human Festival and the chance to become a regular blogger. Applications need to be able to propose an engaging and stimulating programme idea as well as show an ability to talk and write about other areas within the arts and humanities in an accessible and interesting manner, with an awareness of a wider listening audience.
Who can apply?
To apply for the New Generation Thinkers scheme, you must be:
You must also be either:
You do not need to have a permanent contract of employment to be eligible, as long as you meet the conditions above. You can apply if you have applied to the scheme before, as long as you weren’t selected as a final New Generation Thinker. You can’t apply if you work for the BBC, the AHRC or UK Research and Innovation.
Closing Date: 08/10/2019.
Applications should be submitted using the UKRI’s Joint electronic Submission(Je-S) System. Applicants should ensure they have a Je-S account in good time before the closing date. For more information, resources to assist with developing the application and the call guidance, terms and conditions document see: https://ahrc.ukri.org/funding/apply-for-funding/current-opportunities/new-generation-thinkers-2020/.