Edinburgh TV Festival supported by Screen Scotland

Frequently asked questions

We want applying for TV PhD to be as straightforward as possible. If you have questions, we hope that we’ve answered them here. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please contact us.

TV PhD aims to attract talented people from all backgrounds. If you require this information in a different format or need to apply in another way, please email talentschemes@thetvfestival.com or call 0207 843 0146.

About TV PhD

TV PhD is a programme that gives AHRC-funded PhD students the opportunity to learn more about the TV industry. If you’re wondering how to work in TV, the PhD could be the perfect next step for you.

PhD students will also attend our annual Edinburgh Festival, one of the television industry’s most important events. 

TV PhD takes place via Zoom over three consecutive Thursdays in July (6th, 13th, 20th). You will then attend the Edinburgh TV Festival which will require being in Edinburgh from Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th August. You will need to be able to make all of these dates to take part in the programme.
TV PhD is funded by the AHRC and is free to participants – this includes a pass for the Edinburgh Television Festival and accommodation in Edinburgh.


Applications for TV PhD will close on Friday 14th April at 10 am.

The application form is available on our website and is made up of three sections: personal information (including a CV), application questions, and monitoring information. You can choose to submit your answers to the application questions as either a written, audio, or video response. All answers are marked to the same criteria regardless of format.

If you do decide to submit an audio or video response, you should upload your answer as a private link on a platform such as YouTube or Vimeo and post this link in the entry box. Links must be accessible until the end of April so we can assess your entry.

We will be looking for evidence of the following things in your answers and at the interview stage:

  • An understanding of how your research and/or your career might benefit from the programme
  • A genuine interest in television and the TV industry
  • A commitment to fully participating in the programme should you be selected

After the online application, successful candidates will be invited to interview with the TV Foundation team. These will take place via Zoom on the 24th, 25th and 27th April.

Yes, candidates for our programmes are often successful after multiple tries.

Being on the programme

As well as receiving a full pass for the Edinburgh Festival, which gives you the same access and advantages of a full Festival delegate, we also produce a bespoke programme specifically for TV PhD.

The sessions are different every year but are always designed to introduce you to the various ways you might engage with the TV industry. The programme will also provide you with an introduction to developing ideas for television.

Following your participation in TV PhD, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for our mentoring programme at a time that suits you.

You will then be paired with an industry mentor who will work with you on your TV goals for one year. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to get into TV production, develop content, and more.

We are committed to making our programmes and the Festival as inclusive as possible. Read the Festival’s accessibility policies here.

If there are any reasonable accommodations you require to be able to participate in the assessment process or in the programme we will make them and cover the associated costs. If you have any questions about access or inclusion please email talentschemes@thetvfestival.com.