Guidance for applications


Guidance for applications

What does the fellowship provide?

The British Science Association (BSA) Media Fellowship scheme provides a unique opportunity for practising scientists, clinicians, engineers and social sciences and arts academics to spend two to six weeks working at the heart of a media outlet such as the Guardian, the BBC or the Times.

Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists. They 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.

The University’s Media Relations team will support all applicants with their applications. A shortlist of applicants will be drawn up for the 2018 Fellowship. The final candidate will be selected by the BSA and the media partners.


How to apply

Applications are closed for 2018


More information from the British Science Association (BSA) website

For more information on how the scheme operates at The University of Nottingham, contact Liz Cass, Head of News on 0115 74 84734 or email

Applications timetable

Monday 9 April at 9am: deadline for applications

Wednesday 11 April: Shortlisted candidates forwarded to BSA for selection

May: All applicants are notified about the outcome of their application

Useful documents


Fellowship timetable 

Please note: some dates and details to be finalised

Monday 21 May: Training day, London

July – 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

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

Wednesday 3 October: Leadership day, London


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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 2018 +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.

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Selection criteria

Applicants need to demonstrate a a keen interest in the media and how it relates to science and their work in particular. They require a keen enthusiasm for science communication and a willingness to support the University in its media engagement activities in the future.

They will need to express what they hope to learn through the Fellowship scheme and how they might disseminate that new knowledge and understanding of how the media works across the institution.

They need to be confident and capable outside their comfort zone and have proved skills in communication and creativity.

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Financial information

Funding for the fellowship includes the cost of accommodation and travel for the placement covered up to £1000 and is based on overnight accommodation of £50 a night. Reasonable travel for one day events such as the training day and leadership day is covered, e.g trains are standard class and booked in advance, or where flights are cheaper and more time effective that alternatives.

Transport to the British Science Festival is also covered and accommodation is provided.

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Previous BSA Media Fellows share their experiences. 

  • Dr Philip Oldfield from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment in the Faculty of Engineering.
  • Dr Jon Henderson from the Department of Archaeology in the Faculty of Arts
  • Jonathan Ball, Professor of Molecular Virology, in the School of Life Sciences speaking at a media workshop for fellow academics on his journey from ‘Media Sceptic to Believer’.

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Support from the Media Relations team

The Media Relations team will introduce the successful applicant to the breadth of University media activities undertaken across the Communications Department, support you through your placement and work closely with you in future media engagement projects.

As a fully trained Media Fellow it is hoped that you will provide support for in-house media training and encourage other researchers at the University to get involved with the media and the University’s media hub which is equipped with a broadcast standard TV camera and ISDN Line.

We anticipate that you will act as a media ambassador for the University by signing up to the media expertise guide and make yourself available for media interviews, quotes and expert comment.

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