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British Science Association Media Fellowship Scheme – closes 18 March 2016

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

To apply for 2016’s placements, please fill out the online application form by the 18 March at http://www.britishscienceassociation.org/media-fellows-applications

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.

Every year up to ten Media Fellows are mentored by professional journalists and 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.

After their 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 our dedicated Press Centre. The Festival also offers opportunities to learn from a wide range of public engagement activities and network with academics, journalists and science communicators.

Any queries, please email: mediafellows@britishscienceassociation.org

Take chemistry to Parliament

If you’re a Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) member with or currently working towards your PhD, you can apply to get directly involved in communicating science for and to parliamentarians through the RSC Westminster Fellowship scheme.

Two successful applicants will spend three months working at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), an office of the two Houses of Parliament that provides balanced and objective analysis of science and technology issues, where they will:

  • Brief MPs on science and technology issues
  • Aid scientific research into public policy areas
  • Help raise public awareness.

The closing date for applications is 15 May 2014 and candidates should be available to start between October 2014 and May 2015. Each successful fellow will be funded by a £5,000 bursary from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Find out more and download an application form here – www.rsc.org/science-activities/parliament/westminster-fellowship-scheme/index.asp

You can also read about the Westminster Fellowship and hear from past fellows in the latest issue of RSC News (pages 10-11). Download the digital edition here – www.rsc.org/AboutUs/News/RSCnews/