Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


AHRC BBC New Generation Thinkers Scheme Briefing Session & Workshop

16 September 2019, 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

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The Joint Faculty is hosting a briefing session for early career researchers who are considering applying for the AHRC BBC New Generation Thinkers Scheme. 

This event is free.

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Clare Stainthorp


IAS Common Ground
Gower Street, UCL
United Kingdom

The AHRC and BBC Radio 3 have launched their New Generation Thinkers Scheme for 2019–20. The scheme offers an opportunity for early career academics (PhD students who have made 'considerable progress' or ECRs up to 8 years post-PhD or within 6 years of first academic appointment) to gain experience of writing and broadcasting for a wider audience. They welcome applications from those whose research has ‘a primary focus in the arts and humanities. Your research could be bringing together arts and humanities research with other non-AHRC funded disciplines, provided you can demonstrate suitable links to the world of arts and humanities and that arts and humanities remains a primary focus.’
At this session, you’ll hear from current and previous New Generation Thinkers from UCL, Jeff Howard and Daisy Fancourt. They'll share tips on the application process and talk about their experiences on the Scheme. Freelance radio producer, Natalie Steed, who has produced programmes for the BBC, including Free Thinking, will discuss what BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking is looking for, and provide insight into how the Scheme works in practice. Luis Rego, Research Development Manager for the Joint Faculties, will also provide an overview of the initial application process.
Please come to the session prepared to give a two-minute presentation. Imagine you are pitching to a BBC Radio 3 commissioner and you've got two minutes to persuade them to make a 45-minute programme about your research. What do you say?

If you have any questions, please email Clare Stainthorp