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 2019

We will open applications for Media Fellowships in January 2019 - please get in touch if you'd like to receive more information. You can visit our application pages for more details.  

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.

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 2018

We are delighted to announce our 2018 Media Fellows: 

  • Gemma Bale, funded by UCL Faculty of Engineering, was placed with BBC Jeremy Vine Show
  • Peter Barlow, funded by Edinburgh Napier University, was placed with BBC Scotland
  • Oliver Buckley, funded by University of East Anglia, was placed with Sky News
  • Emilie Combet, funded by the Nutrition Society, was placed with The Herald
  • Angus Davison, funded by University of Nottingham, was placed with BBC Radio Science
  • Clare Elwell, funded by UCL Faculty of Engineering, was placed with the Financial Times
  • Lucy Green, funded by University of Southampton, was placed with BBC Radio Science
  • Justyna Kulczyk-Malecka, funded by Manchester Metropolitan University, was placed with BBC News and BBC North West
  • Layal Liverpool, funded by Society for Applied Microbiology, was placed with The Guardian
  • Jonathan Nichols, funded by University of Leicester, was placed with BBC Breakfast
  • Nazima Pathan, funded by University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, was placed with BBC Health
  • Holly Reeve, funded by University of Oxford MPLS Division, was placed with the Mirror Online
  • Amanda Rossiter, funded by University of Birmingham, was placed with the i
  • Yuhsuan Tsai, funded by Royal Society of Chemistry, was placed with BBC Wales

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.