Applications are now open for the British Science Association’s Media Fellowship scheme.

The Society for Applied Microbiology are pleased to announce we are sponsoring the British Science Association’s Media Fellowship scheme.

The 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, BBC Breakfast or the Londonist.

Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and, through their placement and attendance at the British Science Festival, learn how the media operates and reports on science, how to communicate with the media and through it to engage the wider public.
If you are a practicing microbiologist with you are eligible to apply for the BSA Media Fellowship.


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 or Ireland
  • work at any level in an academic or research institution, industry, civil service or any other similar organisation
  • have your employers/funders 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

You can find out more about the BSA’s eligibility criteria here.

To apply for 2016’s placements, please fill in the online application form by the 18th March at

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