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 will open applications for Media Fellowships in January 2020 - 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 2020, please contact the Cultural Development team for more information. 

Media Fellows 2019

We are delighted to announce our 2019 Media Fellows

  • Dr Phil Porter, funded by University of Hertfordshire, has been placed with the BBC 
  • Dr Catrin Rutland,  funded by University of Nottingham, has been placed with Sky News
  • Dr Bana Shriky, funded by University of Bradford, has been placed with the Daily Mail
  • Dr Lena Ciric,  funded by UCL Engineering, has been placed with the BBC
  • Dr Anna Ploszajski, University College London,  funded by UCL Faculty of Engineering, has been placed with The Guardian
  • Dr Giulia Barbareschi, funded by UCL Faculty of Engineering, has been placed with the BBC 
  • Dr Michelle Fernandes, funded by University of Southampton, has been placed with
  • Dr Natalie Masento, funded by Nutrition Society, has been placed with Jeremy Vine
  • Joshua Kent, funded by University of Cambridge School for Clinical Medicine, has been placed with Huffington Post
  • Dr Martin Mangler, funded by University of East Anglia, has been placed with the Londonist
  • Dr Aditi Kar, funded by Royal Holloway University of London, has been placed with The i
  • Dr Duncan Mascarenhas, funded by Edinburgh Napier University, has been placed with Media City and 5 live
  • Michael Pascoe, funded by the Society of Applied Microbiology, has been placed with BBC Wales
  • Dr Julia Attias, funded by Manchester Metropolitan University, has been placed with the Mirror Online


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.