Science Media Studentships
What are Science Media Studentships?
These studentships offer financial support for up to three PhD-level biomedical scientists to undertake postgraduate qualifications at Imperial College London or the National Film and Television School (NFTS).
Our research shows that the overwhelming majority of the public regard television as their most significant source of information about science. We believe that the broadcast media should represent and reflect all areas of science and culture, and therefore should be produced by people from a variety of different backgrounds.
We aim to increase the crossover between science and the media and to enable bright, articulate and motivated scientists to explore careers in the broadcast, games and film industries
The Imperial College London studentships offer financial support for up to two PHD-level biomedical scientists to undertake a postgraduate qualification (MSc) in Science Media Production at Imperial College London, which lasts 18 months, and to follow this with a pre-arranged six-month placement in the broadcast industry.
The NFTS studentship offers financial support for one PhD-level biomedical scientist to undertake a postgraduate qualification (MA) at the NFTS in Games Design and Development, Directing Fiction or Screenwriting, all of which last 24 months.
The awards will pay for tuition costs plus a grant to cover basic living expenses for the duration of the studentship.
Applicants should be PhD-level biomedical scientists wishing to explore a career in the broadcast, games and film industries. Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent, some experience of science communication, and a demonstrable aptitude for working with TV, radio, film or games.
How do I apply?
The studentships will only be awarded to applicants who have a confirmed place on the course of interest.
For Imperial College London, application is through the Imperial College website.After the application deadline, a shortlist of candidates for interview will be drawn up, with interviews taking place in late March.
For the NFTS, application is through the NFTS website: Games Design and Development, Directing Fiction, Screenwriting.After the application deadline, a shortlist of candidates for interview will be drawn up, with interviews taking place in late July.
Who has been funded?
Imperial College London
National Film and Television School
This is the first year that the studentship has been offered at the NFTS.
Deadlines and contacts
The next Imperial College London application deadline is 28 February 2014, 17.00.
If you are interested in making an application, please contact Liam Watson - Science Communication Group Administrator.
T +44 (0)20 7594 8753
Science Communication Group
The next NFTS application deadlines are as follows:
8 May 2014, 17.00 - Screenwriting
8 May 2014, 17.00 - Directing Fiction
5 June 2014, 17.00 - Games Design and Development
If you are interested in making an application, please contact Dr Jonathan Wardle - Director of Curriculum and Registrar.
T +44 (0)1494 731475