Applications for 2016 are now CLOSED – Deadline 18 March 2016.

If you have applied online, please ensure you have submitted a letter from your current employer (see essential documents below) by the 23rd March.

2016 Media Fellowships timeline

Applicants must be able to attend the key dates listed below.

May: all applicants are notified about the outcome of their application.
17 May: Training day, London.
June – September: Fellows complete a two-to-six week placement, booked according to the mutual availability of the media host and Fellow.
September: British Science Festival media launch, London.
6-9 September: Fellows attend the British Science Festival, in Swansea, as a representative of their media host organisation.
4 October: Leadership day, London.

We expect to open applications for 2017 Fellowships in January 2017.

Essential documents


To be eligible to apply for the Media Fellowships scheme you have to fulfil the following criteria:

  • are a practising scientist, social scientist, clinician or engineer and have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in your field following your highest degree. PhD students are eligible although we don't recommend it due to the heavy workload.
  • are employed, and based, part or full time in the UK or Ireland
  • work at any level in an academic or research institution, industry, civil service or any other similar organisation
  • have your employers/funders consent to be released on full pay for the period of the Fellowships. Annual leave may be used for part of the placement.
  • agree to all the terms and conditions of the fellowship, including mandatory attendance to the training / leadership days and the financial support provided

Unfortunately, we ARE NOT able to offer Media Fellowships to freelancers, those who work in PR or communications, or those who want to change career full time into science communication