ABC seeking Australia’s brightest minds

31 March 2023
On the lookout for Australia’s best early career researchers
ABC Radio National is searching for inspiring research communicators to participate in an intensive two-week media training program, providing practical experience in residence at ABC Radio National, working alongside some of Australia's best journalists and broadcasters.

Are you an early career researcher in the fields of Science, Humanities, or Arts with a passion for communicating your ideas and insights to the world? If so, the ABC TOP 5 media residencies program might be just what you need to take your research career to the next level.

The ABC TOP 5 program is the only one of its kind in Australia, specifically designed to equip young researchers with a diverse set of skills, knowledge, and self-assurance to effectively communicate their expertise to different media platforms and audiences throughout their careers.

The program is now in its ninth year, with 80 alumni to date, many of whom have become leading commentators in their fields and mentors for other early career researchers.

“The ABC TOP 5 program provides early career researchers with career-long skills, knowledge and confidence to communicate with all media and their audiences about their field of expertise,” says Cath Dwyer, Manager ABC Radio National.

“Media organisations play an important role in encouraging and fostering emerging research talent, and connecting Australians with new ideas and ways of thinking."

The program is supported by the University of Sydney, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne.

Successful applicants from each of the three fields will receive media training and practical experience, along with the opportunity to build valuable connections with industry professionals.

Applications are open to PhD-qualified early career researchers in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medical Research (STEMM), and Early-career Arts researchers - with or studying for - a PhD in visual arts, architecture, design, performance, screen, literature, or music.

Applications for the 2023 ABC TOP 5 media residencies are now open and will close on Sunday 14 May 2023.

If you are ready to take your research to the next level and share your ideas with the world, apply now here.

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