Helping bridge the communication gap between journalists and scientists
The Media Fellowships aim to give scientists 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 reflects the British Science Association's commitment to increasing the accessibility of the sciences and providing opportunities for discussion and debate.
The scheme has had impacts  on Fellows, media hosts and scientific institutions since 1987, when it first started.
The Media Fellowship scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK.
Media Fellows spend three to six weeks over the summer working with a media host : national press, broadcast or online media.
The Fellows gain a greater awareness and understanding of the workings of the media and produce accurate and well-informed news pieces. Media Fellows will also work in the Press Centre at the British Science Festival.
Up to ten Media Fellowships are awarded each year to scientists, social scientists, clinicians and engineers from different backgrounds and stages of their career.
The Fellows 's experience is shared on their reports and yearbook.
Have a look at Jonathan Ball's thoughts about being a scientist in the media . Jonathan was one of the 2012 Media Fellows.
For eligibility criteria and other practicalities please consult the Media Fellows applications  page.
The 2013 applications are now closed. Application will open again in January 2014.
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For tips on how to engage with the media, have a look at our media resources  page.
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