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AHRC New Generation Thinkers 2018

This pioneering AHRC 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. 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 ten will become BBC Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers and benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for the station and a chance to regularly appear on air. There will also be the possibility of working with BBC TV, a number of speak opportunities and the chance to become a regular blogger.

Applicants do not have to be funded by the AHRC to apply; the scheme is open to all early career researchers based in a UK Research Organisation. They also encourage those people who have previously applied unsuccessfully to the scheme, even if they made it to the workshop.

The AHRC welcomes applications from researchers working in all areas of the arts and humanities. This year they are again extending the call for researchers who work in areas of social sciences and medical science whose work intersects with the arts and humanities. There are a series of interfaces, and many areas of common ground between. This can be seen in both Cross-council programmes, Connected Communities and Life Long Health and Wellbeing.To apply for the New Generation Thinkers scheme, you must be: A UK resident over 18 currently working or studying at a UK Research Organisation.


You will be either:

a) Currently a PhD student. If you are a doctoral candidate you should have made considerable progress on your research, for example be within one year of submission OR

b) Within eight years of the award of your PhD (this duration should exclude any period of career break, for example, family care or health reasons) OR

c)Within six years of your first academic appointment (this is a paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary function).

For more on eligibility, the call guidance, conditions of entry and information on how to apply, please see:

Applications close at 1600hrs on 12th October 2017, but all applications are required to be submitted via the RCUK Je-S system and must go through the host organisation approval process prior to this closing date. Applicants should ensure they have a Je-S account in good time before the closing date and should note that it may take a number of days to create an account if one does not already exist. Further information about this can be found through the web link above.

Please could anyone who is interested in applying for this opportunity notify and as soon as possible as an internal process/timeline will be put in place to ensure that all supported applications are submitted to the AHRC in advance of the 12th October deadline.

Posted on Wednesday 16th August 2017

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