New Generation Thinkers 2015
A Twitter chat for potential applicants and anyone interested in the scheme was held on #ngt2015 on Wednesday 26th November. You can view a summary online.
The AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2015.
This pioneering 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 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.
BBC Radio 3 and its programmes Free Thinking, the Verb, the Essay and the Sunday Feature have provided a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world. You can listen to current New Generation Thinkers delivering Free Thinking Essays online now. You could now join them on air.
The New Generation Thinkers scheme also works with BBC TV Arts who will be looking to develop New Generation Thinkers and their ideas into arts television. You can watch the films made by previous New Generation Thinkers.
Find out more about the previous New Generation Thinkers from 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.
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 (either Higher Education Institution or Independent Research Organisation [IRO]). We also encourage those people who have previously applied unsuccessfully to the scheme, even if they made it to the workshop.
We welcome applications from researchers working in all areas of the arts and humanities. This year we 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.
The subject coverage for this year’s schemes covers all disciplines covered by the AHRC detailed below, including additional subjects that intersect with the work of our sister councils ESRC and MRC. These are:
- American studies
- Art history
- Community arts
- Conservation of art and textiles
- Creative writing
- Cultural geography
- Cultural policy
- Cultural studies and popular culture
- Dance studies
- Dictionaries and databases
- Drama and theatre studies
- English language and literature
- Gender and sexuality
- Economic and social history
- Historical memory
- History of Science and medicine
- Information studies
- Socio legal studies
- Life writing
- Applied linguistics
- Comput/ corpus linguistics
- Languages and linguistics
- Literary and cultural theory
- Media and communication studies
- Modern languages
- Museum studies
- Post-colonial studies
- Religious studies
- Sociology of Religion
- Psychology of Religion
- Textual editing and bibliography
- Visual arts
- Psychology of Art
- Human Geography
- Cultural Geography
- Other subjects
- Medical humanities
- Health humanities
- Digital humanities
- Social Anthropology
- Psychology of Culture
Please note that no one research area will get preferential treatment over another. All applications will be assessed on their own merits against the application criteria.
Aims of the scheme
The aim of the scheme is to provide a development opportunity for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community. The scheme wants to find the new generation of academics who can bring the best of the latest university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience.
Applications should demonstrate an engaging and stimulating programme but also demonstrate an ability to talk about other subjects areas within the arts and humanities in an accessible andrefreshing manner, with awareness of the wider listening audience. We would recommend that you listen to the 2014 winners’ programmes on BBC iPlayer Radio.
Successful workshop applicants
Up to sixty applicants chosen to attend one of three workshops
- Delegates will gain a perspective from BBC staff on how they commission, produce and present both Radio and TV.
- The delegates will workshop their programme ideas with the help of other delegates and producers.
- They will take part in an interactive and practice sessions to showcase their programme ideas and demonstrate their ability to communicate with the listening audience.
Up to ten successful applicants chosen from the workshops will become Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers for 2015. They will:
- Work with BBC Producers to develop their own Programme ideas for BBC Radio 3.
- Be invited to a winners event to showcase their research and trail their programme idea at the Hay Festival 2015.
- Appear regularly on air in BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Thinkers slots.
- Become a guest-speaker at a New Generation Thinkers event at Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival of ideas in November 2015, recorded for Broadcast.
- Have a chance to make a short taster film for BBC TV Arts.
- Have the chance to speak at AHRC events to both senior academics and the public and feature their research on the AHRC website.
- Be offered further media training and support from the AHRC.
- Have travel and subsistence reimbursed for the winners event and the first radio programme recording in accordance with AHRC policy.
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.
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)
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.
Anyone who has applied for in previous years is free to apply again except the previously selected researchers who became the final 10 New Generation Thinkers in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Employees of the BBC and the AHRC are not eligible to apply.