Please see the below CFA for the AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinkers scheme. I would encourage all Wiggies, who meet the eligibility criteria, to put in an application for this. I was shortlisted in the scheme last year, which meant that I, along with other shortlisted candidates, was invited to an all-day workshop at BBC Broadcasting House in London. Here, we had the opportunity to pitch our programme ideas to BBC Radio 3 and BBC Arts producers, and to learn more about how academic research may be communicated in radio and TV programmes for non-specialist audiences. It was wonderful to meet the other shortlisted candidates, and to hear presentations on a really diverse range of subjects. For further details about the scheme, see the AHRC video and press release below:
Academy to Airwaves: ‘New Generation Thinkers’ 2016
New ideas, new voices, and new creativity are being sought for the 2016 New Generation Thinkers (NGT) scheme. The Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3, are keen to hear from academics that are passionate about communicating their research and have a keen knowledge of radio and TV.
The call will open from Wednesday 2 December 2015 until Thursday 7 January 2016. The NGT scheme is seeking innovative programme ideas, talent, and expertise from early career researchers who bring fresh and interesting ideas on communicating their research across the airwaves.
This exciting opportunity aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience – through BBC broadcasting. 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 sixty successful applicants 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.
To celebrate AHRC’s tenth anniversary year and five years of the New Generation Thinkers scheme, a short film has been produced which follows the journey of NGT applicants. This short film includes useful tips and advice from successful NGT finalists including what to expect from the BBC-led workshops: New Generation Thinkers Film
For more information on the scheme and details of eligibility and how to apply please see the New Generation Thinkers 2016 Call