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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

Last year Dr Holly Reeve undertook a media fellowship, completing a placement at The Mirror. You can read about her experiences here. DPhil student, Layal Liverpool (Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine) also completed a placement at The Guardian, funded by the Society for Applied Microbiology.


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

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.

More Information on key dates and process.

Apply via the Society of Applied Microbiology