Writing Bursary

The Write to End Violence Against Women Award bursary is an opportunity for a new and aspiring writer who has not been previously published in a paid capacity.

Media reporting is one of the most important avenues through which people learn about incidences and trends of violence against women (VAW). Some media reporting demonstrates a limited understanding of VAW, endorsing myths, victim blaming and unhelpful framings. 

2018 bursary applications now open!

We are seeking a new and aspiring writer who has not been previously published in a paid capacity and who is keen to challenge stereotypical reporting on violence against women. The articles you write will be published in the Sunday Herald; this bursary offers significant opportunity to gain experience with a national newspaper.

You will play a key role in raising the awareness of news consumers and  journalists and empowering them to take action, as well as helping us to continue to grow the profile of the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards.

Key details

  • The bursary recipient will produce at least 6 articles of approximately 500-1000 words on the subject of violence against women.
  • This may involve investigative journalism, opinion pieces, straight reporting, or interviews which will be jointly commissioned by Zero Tolerance and The Sunday Herald.
  • The bursary recipient will also attend and cover the Write to End Violence Against Women Awards to be held at the Scottish Parliament in November / December (date TBD)
  • The payment is £75 per piece for 6 articles (£450 total), as well as reasonable expenses.


The Write to End VAW Awards is a project led by Zero Tolerance and supported by the National Union of Journalists, Scottish Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Engender, Everyday Victim Blaming, Women for Independence, Women 50:50, Scottish Refugee Council and White Ribbon Scotland Campaign.

The Awards are unique in Scotland in directly targeting the media and providing clear guidance on how to write on VAW in a way which is accurate and promotes understanding.

Find out more about the role by downloading a Write To End VAW bursary job description 2018

Please apply by filling out an application form

Deadline for applications: Midnight, Monday 12 March 2018.

Interviews will be held on Monday 26 March 2018.


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