British Science Association Media Fellowship Scheme


2017 BSA Media Fellowship Scheme - applications now open

The University of Nottingham is offering three funded placements on the British Science Association’s 2017 Media Fellowship Scheme.

Applications close on Wednesday 22 March 2017 at 9am.

Science, Engineering and Medicine & Health Sciences - Apply now

Arts - Apply now

Social Sciences - Apply now

 There's nothing quite like jumping in at the deep end and trying it for yourself. It is the only way to really understand how the media works.

Dr Denis Schluppeck, School of Psychology,
Media Fellow with Clive Cookson, Science Editor at the FT


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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 hoped that you will go on to provide support for in-house media training and actively encourage other researchers at the University of Nottingham to get involved with the media.

Important dates

Wednesday 22 March at 9am - Application deadline

Wednesday 17 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 5 to 9 - Fellows attend the British Science Festival in Brighton 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:

Lindsay Brooke, Media Relations Manager
t: 0115 951 5751

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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 2017 +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

The University of Nottingham
C Floor, Pope Building (Room C4)
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5798