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.

Media Fellows 2020

We are currently getting application materials ready to launch Media Fellows for 2020 - please get in touch if you'd like to receive more information about how to partner on the scheme and take part in Media Fellowships at your organisation. Individual researchers who are interested in the scheme can visit our application pages for more details of how to apply via a partner organisation.  

Media Fellows COVID-19 update

In light of the recent government announcements to COVID-19, we intend to continue running the Media Fellowship scheme but are reviewing alternative timelines and methods as the situation changes. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the health of everyone involved in the scheme very seriously and our priority is to make sure everyone is safe and informed.

We are currently in touch with all current sponsors and partners to make specific plans regarding delayed timelines and alternative methods of delivering and running placements. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Media Fellowship scheme, please contact us on [email protected]

Thank you to everyone involved for your patience and support during this unprecedented time.

In a nutshell

Every year up to fifteen 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.

Throughout their Fellowship, they gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK, as well as with their host organisation. The Fellowship 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.

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.

If your organisation is interested in sponsoring a Media Fellow in 2020, please contact the Cultural Development team for more information. 

Read more about the activities and outputs achieved by our  2019 Media Fellows

For more information about becoming a potential Fellow, visit here. 


We are incredibly grateful to all the supporters of the scheme.

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 read through this document, or contact the Development Team.