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Date: 19/12/2013

‚ÄčIf you are the kind of person that finds themselves arguing with radio discussions, or you have a programme idea that you believe would be perfect for the airwaves then the New Generation Thinkers 2014 scheme is for you. On Monday 6 January the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3 are opening a call for academics with a focus on arts and humanities topics to apply for the opportunity to develop programme ideas.

This AHRC and BBC Radio 3 initiative to find the next generation of public intellectuals could be for you. We are looking for emerging academics from the arts and humanities who are currently in UK universities and who have a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship to a wider audience.

BBC Radio 3 and its programmes Free Thinking (previously known as Night Waves), the Verb, the Essay and the Sunday Feature have provided a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world. 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.

The New Generation Thinkers Scheme is intended to support up to sixty early career researchers with an opportunity to spend the day at the BBC to hear first-hand about the commissioning process and develop their programme ideas alongside experienced BBC producers. Of these sixty, up to ten will become Radio 3's resident New Generation Thinkers for 2014. They will benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 across a year and a chance to regularly appear on air.

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 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, including additional subjects that intersect with the work of our sister councils the Economic and Social Research Council and Medical Research Council. Further information will be available on the disciplines covered by the scheme in the New Year at the New Generation Thinkers call page.

This is the fourth year of the scheme. Previous participants have presented documentaries, taken part in on air discussions on BBC Radio 3, made pilot films for TV and spoken at public festivals. Listen to previous winners experience in the AHRC podcast and hear this year's winners programme on the Essay on Iplayer now.

(*also previous winners 2012 and 2011).

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