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TV PhD Scheme

EXTENDED to Friday 14th April 2023.

TV PhD is a programme which 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 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.

For full details and to apply, visit the website here.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday 14th April 2023.

‘I had a fantastic time taking part in TV PhD – the training sessions were incredibly well planned and very informative, and I now feel like I have a much better understanding of how the industry works and how I might be able to contribute.  It was fantastic to meet such a wonderful cohort of PhDs, and to develop a network for the future.  I had a fantastic time at the Festival itself, and feel very lucky to have participated. ‘ 2022 TV PhD Delegate