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 2020/2021

We are currently getting application materials ready to launch Media Fellows for 2020/2021 – 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 

It’s hard to think of another time when science has not just been front-page news but has completely dominated the attention of the world’s media and public. As Media Fellows is a scheme which partners scientists with journalists, we feel it is important for us to deliver a COVID-19 ‘edition’ of the scheme.

As the global situation is ever-changing, we aim for the 2020/2021 scheme to be as flexible as possible and adapted to follow the latest Government guidelines (such as remote working and social distancing), alongside the preferences expressed by Fellows and media hosts to arrange convenient timings, locations and formats.

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 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 us on [email protected] for more information. 

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

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

Supporters

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 [email protected].