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 update 

After three decades, 350 Fellows, thousands of articles, and countless people engaged with the biggest scientific news stories of our time, the British Science Association has announced the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) as a new partner to deliver the Media Fellowship programme from 2022 onwards. You can read the full announcement here. 

The BSA believes that ABSW are an ideal partner for Media Fellowships, as they are well-connected with media professionals, already run training and development programmes, and have an active network of members. This decision will enable the BSA to devote more resources to growing our programmes that embody our vision of enabling science to be more relevant, representative, and connected to society.  

We'd like to express our gratitude to all the Fellows, media hosts, sponsors, organisations and individuals that have been a part of the scheme since 1987. Your support has enabled the programme to grow and be successful for all these years.

Find the full list of Media Fellow alumni here and a Media Fellow alumni learnings resource here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Media Fellowship scheme, please contact  [email protected].

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 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.

Read more about the activities and outputs achieved by our 2020 Media Fellows.

For more information about becoming a potential Fellow, click 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, please contact [email protected].