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New Generation Thinkers 2011-2016

New Generation Thinkers was launched in November 2010 at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas. The New Generation Thinkers scheme invites applications from academics at an early stage of their career who are passionate about communicating modern scholarship to a wider audience.

Led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with BBC Radio 3, we invite up to sixty early career researchers to BBC-run workshops to develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. From these sixty, the ten resident New Generation Thinkers are selected, who go on to develop their ideas for BBC Radio 3 in a year-long partnership. 

View some of the highlights below, from the scheme's earliest years.


Finalists from 2016
From left; Seb Faulk, Victoria Donovan, Louisa Uchum Egbunike, Edmund Richardson, Sean Williams, Christopher Kissane, Leah Broad, Sarah Jackson, Anindya Raychaudhuri, Katherine Cooper.

Read the New Generation Thinkers 2016 biographies.

Read New Generation Thinkers feature on the BBC website.

Watch New Generation Thinker Dr Gulzaar Barn discuss her research and being a New Generation Thinker.


Finalists from 2015
From left; Joe Moshenska, Sandeep Parmar, Daniel Lee, Clare Walker-Gore, Catherine Fletcher, Nadine Muller, Kylie Murray, Sam Goodman, Danielle Thom, Peter Mackay.

Read New Generation Thinkers feature on the BBC Arts website.

Watch the video from 2015



Finalists from 2013
The 2013 finalists wait to receive their award.

Read our press release: New Research, New Broadcasters - Radio 3 Announces New Generation Thinkers to find out who the 10 finalists were.


Read New Generation Thinkers feature on the BBC Arts & Culture website.



Finalists from 2012
Finalists from 2012