Have you ever wanted to get an insight into the inner workings of the media? Do you want to become more effective at raising the profile of your research, or to help inform public debate?
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 and BBC Breakfast.
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.
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.
Have a look at the scheme's impacts on Fellows, media hosts and scientific institutions.
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 the British Science Association's 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to share what you’ve learnt with colleagues.
The Media Fellowship scheme is the only one of its kind in the UK.
What’s on offer?
A 2-6 week placement in a media outlet – June-Sept with expenses of up to £250 a week provided plus:
- Initial training day provided by the British Science Association – Weds 16 May, London
- Attendance to cover the British Science Festival – 11-14 September, Hull
- Attendance at the British Science Association Leadership Day – 2 October, London
How to Apply
Please note: you won't be able to save your answers and revisit the form, so please use the sample application to draft your answers.
A shortlisting panel will choose two candidates for a telephone interview with the British Science Association, who will then choose the final fellow.
Selection will be carried out as per criteria in the personal specification.
All applicants will be notified of the result by 24 March.
To be eligible to apply for the Media Fellowships scheme supported by MPLS you have to fulfil the following criteria:
- Are a practising scientist, social scientist, clinician or engineer working in an EPSRC-related area* 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 University of Oxford
- 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 at the training / leadership days and the financial support provided
*By EPSRC-related area, we mean any research discipline that is specifically featured within EPSRC’s research portfolio, whether funded by EPSRC or not, or research project on related topics, for example a social scientist looking at the impacts of robotics an automation, or a historian looking at the development of ideas related to quantum technologies. If in doubt, please get in contact. Please note that this condition is on the basis of it being funded via the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account managed by MPLS. If you are able to access your own funding and do not fall under this criteria then you are welcome to apply via the British Science Association directly. If you'd like further guidance, please get in touch.
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