The British Science Association Media Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians and engineers to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, BBC Breakfast or the Londonist.

For more information on the 2017 application timeline please visit our application page.

In a nutshell

Every year up to ten Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and learn how the media operates and reports on science, how to communicate with the media and to engage the wider public with science through the media.

After their media placement Fellows attend the British Science Festival in September, which provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK in our dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also offers opportunities to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and network with academics, journalists and science communicators.

Have a look at the scheme's impacts on Fellows, media hosts and scientific institutions.

Media Fellows 2016

  • Dr Vanesa Martinez, Trinity College Dublin, is placed with the Irish Times, funded by Science Foundation Ireland
  • Dr Robert Thompson, University College London, is placed with BBC Radio Science, funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Dr Theodore Wilson, University of Leeds, is placed with The Mirror, funded by the Society for Applied Microbiology
  • Dr Howard Ryland, South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust, is placed with the Londonist, funded by the Wellcome Trust
  • Professor Ivor Mason, King’s College London, is placed with The I, funded by the Wellcome Trust
  • Dr Jessica Steventon, Cardiff University, is placed with Open Democracy, funded by the Wellcome Trust
  • Dr Petra Szilágyi, Greenwich University, is placed with Nature, funded by AXA
  • Dr Jonathan Sullivan, Nottingham University, is placed with BBC Radio Science, funded by the University of Nottingham
  • Dr Spencer Hazel, Nottingham University, is placed with The Times, funded by the University of Nottingham
  • Dr Denis Schluppeck, Nottingham University, is placed with The Financial Times, funded by the University of Nottingham
  • Nicky Danino, University of Central Lancashire, is placed with BBC Breakfast, funded by the University of Central Lancashire
  • Dr Rowenna Baldwin, Manchester Metropolitan University, it placed with Channel 4, funded by Manchester Metropolitan University

The Media Fellowships aim

The Media Fellowships aim to give scientists, engineers and their colleagues, the confidence and willingness to engage with the media and tackle issues of mistrust and misrepresentation and to give journalists access to new scientific expertise.

The scheme has been running since 1987 and reflects the British Science Association's commitment to increasing the accessibility of the sciences and providing opportunities for discussion and debate.

The Media Fellowship scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK.

The fine print

  • Media hosts can be national or regional press, broadcast or online media.  Have a look at our previous media hosts.
  • Media Fellows come from different scientific backgrounds and stages of their career. Find out more about the 2015 Media Fellows who have completed their placements.

To find out more contact the Cultural Development team.


We are incredibly grateful to all the supporters of the scheme, which you can find out more about here.

Several supporters have cultivated long-term relationships with their Fellows who:

• helped train staff to engage with the media
• became spokespersons for their areas
• made contributions to their publications, blogs and newsletters
• became contacts for the media and for public engagement activities.

For more information on becoming a supporter of the Media Fellows scheme please contact the Development Team.