Funded by the Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the residencies are aligned with the Edinburgh Television Festival.

The successful TV PhD 2019 participants will benefit from six sessions in Edinburgh built with their particular needs in mind; addressing career development, how arts and humanities programmes are made, and how ideas are developed into programmes.

Session leaders are drawn from across the television landscape including National Geographic, Nutopia, Storyboard Studios, Expectation and Plimsoll Productions.

They will also be able to take part in elements of the festival’s other talent initiatives (such as The Network and Ones to Watch).

The academics will enjoy access to a specially selected group of TV professionals who will be on hand in the lead-up and throughout their time in Edinburgh to guide, advise and answer questions.

Sean said: “As a PhD student I am constantly searching for new ways of sharing my Cold War nuclear bunker research to wider audiences.

“The AHRC TV PhD Talent Scheme is a fantastic opportunity to give me an insight into how I can facilitate my storytelling, and develop key industry skills required for disseminating my academic discourse into television outputs.”

Dr Paul Meller, associate director at UKRI’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for AHRC-funded students, either with plans to work in the TV industry or whose research focuses on that industry.

“The bespoke training and mentoring they will receive is unique and will help develop strong relationships between them as researchers and professionals in the TV industry.”



Glasgow School of Art

Sean Kinnear