We use cookies on this website. By continuing to use this site without changing your cookie settings, you agree that you are happy to accept our cookies and for us to access these on your device. Find out more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings.

Science Media Studentships

Print the contents of all the tabs on this page (excludes global navigation tabs)

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

2009-11
Kelly Neaves 
Dominic Rees-Roberts

2010-12
Carinne Piekema

2011-13
Hana Ros
Lorna Stewart

2012-14
Tim Cockerill
Lin-Lin Ginzberg

2013-15

Mark Atwill
Letizia Diamante
Fabian Sweeney

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
E
liam.watson@imperial.ac.uk
Science Communication Group

Or visit the Imperial website.

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
E
 jwardle@nfts.co.uk 

Or  visit the NFTS website.

Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK T:+44 (0)20 7611 8888