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AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers 2021 scheme

The New Generation Thinkers 2021 scheme has been launched with a call for entries. This prestigious scheme from the Arts & Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3 offers early career researchers the opportunity to develop programmes for the BBC. The ten academics selected will workshop ideas with BBC producers, get media and public engagement training, and a platform for informing and influencing public opinion, policy and practice.

The scheme is looking for up-and-coming early career researchers who want to share their ideas with the largest possible audience, so they can cultivate talented, articulate academics into exceptional all-round communicators. It provides a variety of training opportunities and the chance to work with world-class broadcasters from across the BBC.

This year applications will be a little different, as UKRI has chosen this call to pilot the first phase of their new funding application system. So that RDS can best support you on your application through this new system, if you are interested in the scheme please get in touch with Eva Papadopoulou or Beth Steiner before the call opens on Thursday 20 August. Webinars by the AHRC on the scheme and how to apply start as soon as Thursday 16 July and so do register for these here.

For more information on the call – which is open until 4pm on, Thursday 1 October 2020 – and details of eligibility and how to apply please visit the New Generation Thinkers 2021 call page here. You can also read more about the scheme on the AHRC page and listen to the broadcasts made by previous years’ Thinkers on the BBC site here.