Apply for a 2017 Media Fellowship

We are currently accepting applications for a Media Fellowship funded by the Society for Applied Microbiology. Please note that this Fellowship is only open to members of the Society. 

Application Form (Society for Applied Microbiology)

A number of Fellowships are available via UK universities. If you are a member of staff at a university partner, you should apply through the scheme via in internal application process with your institution. The list of 2017 sponsors includes: University of Manchester, University of Birmingham, UCL (University College London) Faculty of Engineering, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine and University of Nottingham     

Essential documents and timeline - 2017

  • 2017 Terms & Conditions which includes a summary of the financial support provided during a placement
  • Letter to send to your employer to tell them about the scheme
  • Person Specification for 2017 Media Fellows
  • Sample application form so you can prepare your answers in advance
  • February 2017: Call for applications - please note that there may be restrictions for Society-funded Fellowships in 2017
  • March/April: Applications close
  • April/May: all applicants are notified about the outcome of their application
  • May: Training day, London
  • June – September: Fellows complete a two-to-six week placement, booked according to the availability of the media host and Fellow
  • September: British Science Festival media launch, London
  • 5-9 September: Fellows attend the British Science Festival, in Brighton, as a representative of their media host organisation
  • October: Leadership day, London

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Media Fellowships scheme you have to fulfil the following criteria:

  • are a practising scientist, social scientist, clinician or engineer and have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in your field following your highest degree. PhD students are eligible although we don't recommend it due to the heavy workload
  • are employed, and based, part or full time in the UK 
  • work at any level in an academic or research institution, industry, civil service or any other similar organisation
  • have your employer's/funder's consent to be released on full pay for the period of the Fellowships. Annual leave may be used for part of the placement.
  • agree to all the terms and conditions of the fellowship, including mandatory attendance to the training / leadership days and the financial support provided

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer Media Fellowships to freelancers, those who work in PR or communications, or those who want to change career full time into science communication