ABC is looking for Australia’s brightest emerging minds in 2022

The ABC has launched the search for Australia’s next generation of research talent in the sciences, humanities and arts.

Applications for the Class of 2022 ABC TOP 5 Media Residencies are now open.

Residencies allow emerging scholars to engage with ABC’s expert communicators, so scholars can better share their research with all Australians.

The TOP 5 program is open to researchers with early career doctorates in the sciences, in partnership with the Australian National University, and in the humanities, in partnership with the University of Sydney.

The TOP 5 Arts program is in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Australia Council for the Arts, with a focus on doctoral students and graduate practitioners working in the fields of visual or performing arts, literature, screen, architecture and design.

Five successful candidates in each of the three areas will receive intensive two-week media training and hands-on experience in residency at ABC Radio National in Sydney (science and humanities) or Melbourne (arts), working alongside some of the world’s top journalists and broadcasters from Australia.

Cath Dwyer, director of ABC Radio National, said: “The pandemic has made us all even more aware of the vital importance of clear, reliable and accurate information. It’s also at the heart of what we do here at the ABC, and these media residencies are a chance for arts, humanities and science scholars to become exceptional communicators – illuminating their important work with the community in the sense large.

Given the difficult times the arts and university sectors have experienced, we are proud to work with our project partners at the University of Melbourne, the Australian Council for the Arts, the Australian National University and the University from Sydney, and we look forward to being joined by another group of extraordinary researchers,” she said.

The 2021 TOP 5 residencies were held virtually due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, ABC intends to introduce residencies with a face-to-face component, pending any further COVID-19 restrictions.

TOP 5 key dates

  • Open applications: Friday 29and April 2022 8:30 am AEST
  • Closing of applications: tuesday 31st May 2022 midnight AEST

Who can apply for the TOP 5 programs?

  • Science: Early career researchers with a doctorate in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and research (STEMM). The two-week media residency will be hosted by the ABC at its Sydney office in Ultimo from Monday 19and – Friday 30and September included
  • Social science: Early career researchers with a doctorate in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS). The two-week media residency will be hosted by the ABC at its Sydney office in Ultimo from Monday 22n/a August – Friday 02n/a September included
  • Arts: Graduate, self-employed or self-employed professional artists, or arts practitioners working for an Australian arts organisation, and early career doctoral researchers working at an Australian university or research organisation. The two-week residency will be hosted by the ABC in Melbourne from Monday 17and – Friday 28and October included.

Up to 10 candidates will be shortlisted and interviewed for each program by a jury.

Winners will be eligible for domestic travel and accommodation costs for the face-to-face portion of the two-week residencies at the ABC in 2022.

The jury and ambassadors for each residency are listed on the Top 5 website

For more details and how to apply for a TOP 5 residency, go to: abc.net.au/top5

Media contact

Laura Todd, ABC Communications
[email protected]

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