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TV PhD is a talent scheme from the TV Foundation in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Opportunity to learn more about the TV industry and attend the Edinburgh Television Festival

The programme gives AHRC-funded PhD students the opportunity to learn more about the TV industry and attend the Edinburgh Television Festival, one of the television industry’s most important events. Successful applicants will participate in a programme of sessions over four afternoons in July, and receive training to help them to develop skills, make contacts and increase their knowledge of the television industry. They will also receive a pass for the Festival which will take place in Edinburgh in late August.

The scheme is aimed at doctoral students who are interested in working in, or with, the television industry. This could include:

• conducting research into television or media more broadly• conducting research in other topics, and providing their expertise to broadcast projects.

It should be noted that the AHRC/ETF Talent Scheme is not an opportunity to undertake research.


The TV PhD scheme is only open to PhD Students who are currently being funded by the AHRC through an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP),  Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) or Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP). The student must be within their AHRC funding period and must have the consent of their supervisor in order to apply.

While the scheme is open to students at all stages of their PhD, it may be more beneficial to students who are nearer to the completion of their PhD.

Applications for 2022 are now OPEN!  You can find more details and apply here.

The deadline for entry is 14th April.

If you would like to find out more about the scheme before you apply, you can sign up for one of our online information sessions here. These sessions will give your more information about the scheme, what we’re looking for, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. There is one at 2.30pm on Monday 4th April.