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WiJS x JRF Bursary Programme

Organisation: Women in Journalism Scotland (WiJS)

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Gender equality in media
  • Investigative journalism

Funding Size: £1,500

Deadline: 31/05/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria
    – This opportunity is suited to early to mid-career freelance women journalists. Applicants should have a number of bylines under their belt and be confident of being able to get their project published;
    – Women journalists in staff jobs can also apply but there must be no contractual barrier to you pitching your project to a wide range of publications (a supporting statement from your employer may be required);
    – The bursary programme is not open to students;
    – Entrants must be a member of Women in Journalism Scotland;
    – Applicants must have experienced economic inequality at some stage in their lives.
  • Type of Funding: Programmatic
  • Target Region: United Kingdom
  • Application Language: English

The Women in Journalism Scotland and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has launched the second year of their WiJS x JRF bursary programme.

Part of the WiJS x JRF bursary programme involves working with an established woman journalist who will support successful applicants. This could be by helping to develop news lines, devising a list of target publications and advising on research techniques.


They expect proposed projects to be reasonably developed with some initial research already undertaken. They welcome ideas for:

  • Investigations
  • Features
  • Documentaries
  • Radio productions
  • Podcasts
  • Travel writing
  • Interviews
  • Non-fiction book proposals
Funding Information

£1,500 to develop a journalism project to pitch stage.

The funding will be spent on working up a project from idea stage to a developed pitch ready to be taken to a publication (newspaper/broadcaster/online resource etc) or launched independently.

You’ll also get a journalist mentor to help each project reach its potential, two check-in meetings with Women in Journalism Scotland to provide extra guidance, and support from experts at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation if required.

See here to learn more and apply.

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