AHRC & Radio 3 looking for the next generation of arts and humanities researchers to go on air


Hi Forumites - The AHRC have asked us to let you know about this scheme, and we thought it might be of interest to some of you currently working on PhDs and post-doctoral projects. It looks quite exciting, and they've said they would like as many people to get involved as possible. Please note the application requirements, as it will only be relevant to some of you. Caz :-)

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and BBC Radio 3 have joined forces to find the next generation of public intellectuals. We have launched New Generation Thinkers - a pilot talent scheme for emerging academics with a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship to a wider audience and who have an interest in broader cultural debate.

Up to sixty successful applicants, who are currently undertaking research in the UK in the arts or humanities, will have a chance to develop their own programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers and, of these up to ten will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers for 2011. They will benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programme for BBC Radio 3 and a chance to appear on air in special New Generation Thinkers debates and sessions during 2011.

To apply for the New Generation Thinkers scheme, you must be:

A UK resident over 18 currently working or studying within one of the disciplinary domains of the AHRC. You will be either:

a. undertaking an AHRC-funded postgraduate or postdoctoral award or working as a postgraduate or postdoctoral member of an AHRC-funded research project. Or

b. in the final year of a PhD within one of the disciplinary domains of the AHRC

c. within eight years of the award of your PhD. Or

d. within six years of your first academic appointment

Judges for the application process will include senior Radio 3 production staff and leading arts and humanities academics.

Potential applicants can find out more at:

The closing date for this opportunity is December 10th.


Hi Caz,

Thanks for flagging this up: it's right up my street. I'm off to an AHRC event tomorrow, that's also co-hosted by the BBC, so expect I may hear more about it then.