Apply for a 2020 Media Fellowship

A number of Fellowships are available via UK universities and learned societies who partner with the BSA. If you are a member of staff at a university partner, you should apply through the scheme via an internal application process with your institution. Please contact us if your university or membership organisation would be interested in joining the scheme as a partner in 2020.  

COVID-19 Update 

In light of the recent government announcements to COVID-19, we intend to continue running the Media Fellowship scheme but are reviewing alternative timelines and methods as the situation changes. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the health of everyone involved in the scheme very seriously and our priority is to make sure everyone is safe and informed.

We are currently in touch with all current sponsors and partners to make specific plans regarding delayed timelines and alternative methods of delivering and running placements. 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.

Open applications

Applications for Media Fellowships are typically open between February-April via sponsoring organisations. 

Essential documents and timeline 2020

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions that aren't answered in these documents: 

  • Terms & Conditions which includes a summary of the financial support provided during a placement
  • Letter to confirm your employer supports your participation 
  • Person Specification for Media Fellows
  • February: Open call for applications within sponsoring institutions
  • February - April: Applications close/shortlisting process
  • April/May: Shortlisted applicants are interviewed by BSA. All applicants are notified about the outcome of their application as they are selected
  • Friday 22 May: Training day, London
  • June/July: Placements allocated
  • June – September: Fellows complete a two-to-six week placement, booked according to the availability of the media host and Fellow
  • October: Leadership day, London
  • For more information on becoming a Potential Fellow, please download this overview. 

The BSA is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and want Media Fellowships to be open to all. There are a number of ways we are working to support participation in the scheme: 

  • We collect anonymised diversity data as part of the Media Fellow application process 
  • We provide guidance for our partners to reduce bias in the promotion, application and shortlisting process
  • We work with Fellows to accommodate requests for part-time, remote, and flexible working 
  • We offer placements in a range of UK locations
  • We ask all Media Hosts for their diversity policy and accessibility statements. 


Unfortunately, we are not able to offer Media Fellowships to freelancers, undergraduate students, those who work in PR or communications, those who are based outside the UK, or those who want to change career full time into science communication.

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