Media Fellowship scheme is open to all

A Media Fellowship scheme - run by the British Science Association - provides scientists, social scientists, engineers and clinicians with the chance to spend the summer working with national news journalists to improve their communication skills and media awareness.

Researchers - at any stage of their career - get the to spend 3-8 weeks working with print, TV and radio hosts including the BBC, Guardian and Times to produce accurate, well-informed stories about developments in science.

Dr Mark Sergeant, a Society member and Chartered Psychologist, found the scheme to be a rewarding experience, he said: “I completed a British Science Association Media Fellowship during 2009. This involved placements with The Science Media Centre, The Daily Mirror and acting as a roving reporter at the British Science Festival.

“It was an absolutely fantastic experience and gave me enormous insight into how science stories are reported in the UK press.

“The skills, experience and contacts I developed have been extremely useful to me in my career - these fellowships are strongly recommended!”

The British Science Association welcomes applicants from universities, institutes and industry across the UK.

An online application form can be found on the Association’s webpages. The deadline for applications is 11 March 2012.

To keep up to date with this initiative you can follow the Media Fellowship scheme on Twitter.