British Science Association Media Fellowship Scheme


BSA Media Fellowship Scheme

The University of Nottingham offered a funded placement on the British Science Association’s 2019 Media Fellowship Scheme.

Details to be announced early Spring.

Previous fellows

It’s been so fast paced, I’ve learnt so much. It’s been a phenomenal fortnight.

Dr Rebecca Dewey, School of Physics and Astronomy,
Media Fellow with Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2



The scheme offers practising scientists, clinicians, engineers, social sciences and arts academics the opportunity to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4 Science Unit, BBC News Online, The Times, Nature News, The Conversation.

After your 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 BSA’s dedicated Press Centre.

As a fully trained Media Fellow it is expected that you will go on to provide support for in-house media training, champion its work and actively encourage other researchers at the University of Nottingham to get involved with the media.

Important dates

Monday 9 April at 9am - Application deadline

Monday 21 May - Training Day, London

July to September - Fellows complete a two- to six-week placement, booked according to the mutual availability of the media host and the Fellow

September - British Science Festival media launch, London

September 11 to 14 - Fellows attend the British Science Festival in Hull as a representative of their media host organisation

Wednesday 3 October - Leadership day, London

Contact us

For more information on how the scheme operates at The University of Nottingham, please contact:

Liz Cass, Head of News
t: 0115 748 4734

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Important Information

Entry guidelines

For more information on the scheme, visit the British Science Association website.

To be eligible, you must fulfil the following criteria. Additional information can be found on the BSA website.

  1. You must be a practicing academic in one of the eligible topic areas listed above and have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in your field following your highest degree.
  2. You must be a member of staff in the Research and Teaching Family. Applicants should normally hold a permanent post but fixed-term employees may be eligible provided that there is no conflict of interest between the University of Nottingham and any other organisation or employer. The term of employment of a fixed-term employee must extend 12 months beyond the end date of the fellowships programme (i.e. October 2019 +12 months).
  3. You must have your Head of School’s consent to be released on full pay for the period of the Fellowship. Annual leave may be used for part of the placement.
  4. You must agree to all the terms and conditions of the fellowship, including mandatory attendance of the training/leadership days and the financial support provided.

Media Relations - External Relations

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