New Generation Thinkers was launched in November 2010 at Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival of Ideas. The programme is specifically designed to provide a platform for the cultivation of communication skills among early career researchers, so as to better convey university research findings and scholarly ideas to those outside the academic community.
Since its launch, some 420 academics have attended the New Generation Thinkers workshops and developed their programme ideas, with the ten most successful participants each year appointed as New Generation Thinkers. In partnership with BBC Radio 3, the Arts and Humanities Research Council is now seeking applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2018.
A series of dedicated workshops will give up to 60 researchers the opportunity to develop and hone their programme-making skills. Experienced BBC producers will provide guidance and support, lending perspective on how they commission, produce and present both Radio and TV. Following the workshop process, delegates will take part in interactive and practise sessions to showcase their programme ideas and demonstrate their ability to communicate with the listening audience.
The ten most promising candidates will become Radio 3s resident New Generation Thinkers, in which they will:
- Work with BBC producers to develop their own programme ideas for Radio 3, and experience input from BBC Arts.
- Be invited to a winners’ event to showcase their research and trail their programme idea at the BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking Festival of ideas. There is often the opportunity to meet other New Generation Thinkers.
- Appear regularly on air in Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers slots.
- Write and present an edition of the Essay for Radio 3.
- Have the chance to speak at AHRC events to both senior academics, the public and feature their research on the AHRC website.
- Be required to attend a two-day media training course (1 day training, 1 day photographs), from the AHRC. This will be in London, between 21 and 22 February 2018.
The scheme is open to all early career researchers based in a UK Research Organisation, who are:
- Current PhD Students, or
- Within eight years of the award of a PhD, or
- Within six years of a first academic appointment.
Anyone who has applied in previous years is free to apply again, with the exception of the previously selected researchers who became the final ten New Generation Thinkers,
Applications from researchers working in all areas of the arts and humanities are welcomed, along with applications from researchers who work in areas of the social sciences and medical science whose work intersects with the arts and humanities.
The deadline for applications is 12 October 2017 (4pm).