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.

For more information on sponsoring the scheme, or the application timeline please visit our application page.

In a nutshell

Every year up to ten 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.

After their media placement Fellows attend the British Science Festival in September, which provides an opportunity to gain valuable experience working alongside a range of media organisations from all over the UK in our dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also 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 2018, please contact the Cultural Development team for more information. 

Media Fellows 2017

  • Dr Charlotte Brassey, BBSRC Future Leader Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University is hosted by BBC News, funded by Manchester Metropolitan University 
  • Laura Castells Navarro, PhD student in biological anthropology and bioarchaeology at University of Bradford is hosted by Nature​, funded by University of Bradford
  • Dr Alex Conner, Lecturer at University of Birmingham is hosted by The Mirror, funded by University of Birmingham
  • Dr Rebecca Dewey, Research Fellow in physics and astronomy is placed with Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2, funded by University of Nottingham
  • Professor Sarah Gabbott, Professor in Palaeobiology at University of Leicester is hosted by BBC Radio Science Unit​, funded by University of Leicester 
  • Dr Alex Lees, Lecturer in Biology at Manchester Metropolitan University is hosted by BBC Breakfast, funded by Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Dr Paul McGarr, Assistant Professor in American History at University of Nottingham is placed with New Scientist, funded by University of Nottingham 
  • Fiona Reid, Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL School of Management is placed with openDemocracy, funded by UCL Engineering
  • Dr James Rudd, Senior Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge is hosted by The Guardian, funded by University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
  • Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan Lecturer in Nanotechnology at University of Manchester is hosted by BBC North West, funded by University of Manchester
  • Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash, Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellow/ Associate Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is hosted by BBC Radio Science Unit, funded by Society for Applied Microbiology
  • Dr Kate Wright, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow at Imperial College London is hosted by The Timesfunded by Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Dr Gary Zhang, Senior Lecturer in Medical Image Computing in the Department of Computer Science and Centre for Medical Image Computing at UCL is placed with hosted by The ifunded by UCL Engineering)

The fine print

  • Media hosts can be national or regional press, broadcast or online media.  Have a look at our previous media hosts.

To find out more contact the Cultural Development team.


We are incredibly grateful to all the supporters of the scheme, which you can find out more about here.

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 contact the Development Team.