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AHRC and BBC Radio 3 Launch New Generation Thinkers 2012


Date: 08/11/2011

Do you want to tell the world about your work?

The incredible success of the first New Generation Thinkers scheme in 2011 has led to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3 launching a second opportunity for arts and humanities researchers based at UK universities to get their research ideas ?on air?.

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.

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.��

Radio 3 and its programmes Night Waves, the Verb, the Essay and the Sunday Feature has provided a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world. You could now join them on air.�

BBC Scotland Arts produces The Review Show and The Culture Show on BBC TWO, Imagine on BBC ONE, in addition to documentaries for all BBC network channels and programming in Scotland.

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

Link to background notes

Link to FAQ

Link to online application form - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QYWW89D


Notes for Editors

All queries about the application process should go to ngt@ahrc.ac.uk

AHRC Media contact: Jake Gilmore, Communications Manager; j.gilmore@ahrc.ac.uk

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC): Each year the AHRC provides approximately £100 million from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities, from languages and law, archaeology and English literature to design and creative and performing arts. In any one year, the AHRC makes hundreds of research awards ranging from individual fellowships to major collaborative projects as well as over 1,100 studentship awards. Awards are made after a rigorous peer review process, to ensure that only applications of the highest quality are funded. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK.