Searching for the next generation of public intellectuals

The hunt is on for the next generation of public intellectuals, via New Generation Thinkers – a pilot talent scheme for emerging academics, being organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The two organisations have joined forces to find young academics with a passion for communicating the excitement of modern scholarship to a wider audience and who have an interest in broader cultural debate.

Up to 60 successful applicants, who are currently undertaking research in the UK in the arts or humanities, will have a chance to develop their own programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers. Of these, up to 10 will become Radio 3's resident New Generation Thinkers for 2011. They will benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programme for BBC Radio 3 and a chance to appear on air in special New Generation Thinkers debates and sessions during 2011. 

To apply for the New Generation Thinkers scheme, you must be a UK resident over 18 currently working or studying within one of the disciplinary domains of the AHRC. You will fall into one of the following categories:

- undertaking an AHRC-funded postgraduate or postdoctoral award or working as a postgraduate or postdoctoral member of an AHRC-funded research project.
- in the final year of a PhD within one of the disciplinary domains of the AHRC
- within eight years of the award of your PhD
- within six years of your first academic appointment

Judges for the application process will include senior Radio 3 production staff and leading arts and humanities academics.

Potential applicants can find out more here.  The closing date for this opportunity is 10 December 2010.

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