Gray's Inn


The Inn’s scholarships are available to all, irrespective of background, to support students to become barristers. There are scholarships for students undertaking the Bar Professional Training Courses (BPTC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) conversion courses. There are also Residential Scholarships for BPTC students and awards for those in pupillage.

For the year 2016, the Inn gave in excess of £890,000 in scholarships, awards and prizes. 

Summary of main scholarships, awards and prizes

Please visit the relevant section for full details on each scholarship, including specific opening and closing dates, eligibility and number and value of awards given.

If you are unsure which scholarship applies to you, please use our Admission and Scholarship Finder or submit an enquiry.

      Deadline     Interviews     Note
GDL Awards     First Friday in May     June     Awards for conversion to law courses
BPTC Scholarships and Awards     First Friday in November     Late February/early March     Awards for the cost of the vocational training course
BPTC Residential Scholarships     Available to BPTC scholars only. An opportunity to apply will be made available to candidates who have been shortlisted for a BPTC Scholarship interview

The Hebe Plunkett Award


First Friday in May (GDL scholarship deadline)

First Friday in November (BPTC scholarship deadline)

November (Pupillage scholarship deadline)









Awards to assist disabled students/pupils during the GDL, BPTC or pupillage.

Senior Scholarships for Pupillage     November     January     Four Senior Scholarships for pupillage
Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarships     November     January     For pupils in whole or part publicly funded pupillages
Internship Awards     31 March
30 June
30 September
31 December
    Approx. 3-4 weeks after close of application deadline     Scholarships and funding for overseas study and internships

General factors

All our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit in the first instance. Applicants may choose (at the point of application) whether they wish to be considered for further funding based on financial need; successful applicants will then be assessed for additional scholarship funding based on financial need.

With all applications we consider the applicant’s:

  • intellectual ability - the ability to conduct legal research and give written advice, as demonstrated by performance in school and university examinations, the interview and, where appropriate, other experience
  • motivation to succeed at the Bar - knowledge of the profession and the Courts, and steps taken to acquire the personal skills required of a Barrister
  • potential as an advocate - both in oral and written skills. This can include experience in public speaking, mooting, debating, participation in mock advocacy exercises, etc.
  • personal qualities - the qualities required of members of the Bar include self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability and the capacity to work effectively with clients, colleagues and chambers' staff

Apply to only one Inn

You do not need to be a member of the Inn to apply for a GDL award or a BPTC Scholarship, but you may only apply to one Inn for a scholarship/award. If you are already an Inn member, you may only apply to your Inn. Multiple applications are not allowed and the Inns circulate their scholarship applicant lists with one another. If your application is successful you must join the awarding Inn, and no other, if the award is to be paid. This rule applies to all four Inns.


Before starting an application, and to find out more about references, conditions and the application process, please read our conditions for applicants and scholars. Please also ensure you read all the guidance contained within the application form itself.

For GDL Awards, BPTC Scholarships, Hebe Plunkett Awards, Senior Pupillage Scholarships or Ann Goddard Pupillage Scholarships you must apply via our online scholarship application system. (You will be required to create an account if you are a new user. If you are using the system in Internet Explorer 9 or above, please ensure you disable ‘compatibility view’ before starting an application).

The online application periods open approximately six weeks in advance of a deadline. For all other scholarships and awards please visit the relevant section to determine the application procedure.


  • Please visit the relevant scholarship section to determine the submission procedure for references (applications made via the online scholarship application system require references to be submitted via an online portal)
  • Two references are required (unless stated otherwise) 
  • It is helpful if your referee can express an opinion as to your performance and/or potential in relation to the general factors applied to scholarship applications
  • Your referees must have known you for at least one year 
  • Your references should be from people of standing and one reference must be academic. Applicants typically ask lecturers, teachers, barristers, employers, etc. (If an academic referee is no longer available, for example if you completed your degree several years ago, two professional references are a common and acceptable alternative)
  • Your references are due by the application deadline and the Inn will not chase referees on your behalf
  • You will not be interviewed without receipt of both references

Equal Opportunities

Our Equal Opportunities Policy is applied to applicants for all scholarships, awards, internship funding and prizes:

“This Society, in common with the other Inns, is committed to a policy of fairness and equality of opportunity without discrimination on grounds of race, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion or political persuasion or, from October 2006, age (‘prohibited grounds’). The Society will have regard to the needs of disabled persons and will comply with such provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and of Regulations and Codes made under it as may be in force from time to time and which apply to them.”

A complete copy of the Inn's Code, and of the complaints procedure, is available on request from the Director of Education.

Contact and enquiries

For any queries regarding scholarships, please contact the Education Department or use the form below.

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  • Admission and Scholarship Finder

    Use this tool for Inn membership, what scholarships are available to you and when to apply.

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  • Conditions for Applicants and Scholars

    All conditions, including the criteria for awarding a scholarship, and guidance for applying for and accepting a scholarship from the Inn.

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