Arts & Humanities researchers: competition to get your research ideas ‘on air’

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New Generation Thinkers 2012 has just launched: a second opportunity for arts and humanities researchers based at UK universities to get their research ideas ‘on air’. This opportunity is open to early career arts and humanities researchers based at UK universities and not just to people funded by the AHRC.

In June of this year BBC Radio 3 and the AHRC announced the 10 academics selected for the inaugural New Generation Thinkers Scheme – the culmination of a pilot talent scheme for emerging academics from the arts and humanities with a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship to a wider audience and who have an interest in broader cultural debate. The announcement attracted widespread media interest.

The academics selected were chosen from a group of 57 finalists who attended a series of day-long workshops at the BBC exploring the key to making scholarly research into good programmes. They’ve gone on to work with BBC producers to develop their broadcasting ideas, contributed to Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival, made regular appearances on Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme Night Waves and pitched ideas for full length programmes based on their research.

The details of all 57 were passed on to production teams within the BBC interested in their work and over 320 of the researchers who applied attended one of eight all day broadcast media workshops we ran with production staff from BBC Radio 5 Live over the summer to help them in getting the skills necessary in getting their work in front of as wide an audience as possible.

Now the AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2012.

Up to sixty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these up to ten will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers. They will benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 and a chance to regularly appear on air.

This year the New Generation Thinkers scheme will also be joined by The Review Show on BBC TWO and the BBC Scotland Arts TV team who will be looking to develop New Generation Thinkers and their ideas into arts television.

Scholars who applied to last year’s scheme are welcome – and encouraged – to apply again, even if they made it to the finals.

Details on how to apply can be found here:

The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday December 7th.


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