BPTC Scholarships and Awards
Applications for the 2017 BPTC awards are closed; the closing date was Friday 4 November 2016.
The next BPTC Scholarship application period (for 2018 BPTC awards):
- opens 18 September 2017 and
- closes at midnight on Friday 3 November 2017
All successful candidates will be awarded a £10,000 merit based scholarship. Additional funding is available and all applicants are invited and encouraged to apply.
Please note there are two stages to the application process:
Awards are made solely on the basis of the applicant's satisfaction of the Inn's merit based criteria; intellectual ability, motivation to succeed at the Bar, potential as an advocate and other personal qualities.
Bedingfield Scholarships are the top merit based awards followed by Prince of Wales Scholarships and named awards.
Financial circumstances are not considered in determining whether to make scholarships or awards in the first instance. All applicants who are awarded a merit based scholarship will automatically receive £10,000 (the base amount).
2. Financial Means
Additional funding is available. Those applicants wishing to apply for further funding (in addition to the £10,000 base amount), are encouraged to complete the Financial Details section contained within the application form.
Before starting an application, and to find out more about references, conditions and the application process, please read our conditions for applicants and scholars. You must also ensure you read all the guidance contained within the application form itself.
- you do not have to be a member at the point of applying, but you must become a member to receive funds if your application is successful
- you may only apply to one Inn
- you do not require a confirmed place on the course at the point of applying, but you must provide proof of enrolment to receive funds if your application is successful
- you can apply if you are taking the course part time (a 2 year course) - you can apply in advance of either year, but you can only receive an award once
- both your references must also be received by the above deadline
Online application system
You must apply for a BPTC Scholarship via our online scholarship application system by the first Friday in November immediately preceding the start of your BPTC. 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.
An application for a Hebe Plunkett Award (for disabled students and pupils, in particular those who are blind or partially sighted, requiring financial assistance on the GDL, the BPTC or during pupillage) can also be made in tandem with your BPTC Scholarship application.
Referees are required to provide references using the Inn's online scholarship system. The online scholarship application form will allow unique access for each of your referees to provide their references. Details on referee eligibility and guidance for referees on completing references can be found in Notes to Scholarship Referees.
If shortlisted, you will be interviewed in late February or early March (exact interview dates are published on the online application form).
In 2017 188 candidates applied, 113 were interviewed, 59 scholarships were awarded. Of those 59, 50 applied for additional funding.
Awards made in 2017:
Awards and benefactors
The Bedingfield Scholarships
- The Inn’s most prestigious scholarships for the BPTC year
- Made by the Bedingfield Trust, established under the will of the late Christopher (Kit) Ohl Macredie Bedingfield Q.C. (1935-1995) for the advancement of legal education amongst members and students of Gray’s Inn
- The Bedingfield Trustees do not have voting power, but are present at the interviews and may offer input regarding the applicants
The Prince of Wales Scholarships
- Awarded by the Inn in honour of H.R.H. Charles, Prince of Wales
- A Royal Bencher of Gray’s Inn since 1975
The BPTC named awards
The Birkenhead Award
- Endowed in 1931 by Sir Harry Vanderpant, a member of the Inn, in memory of F.E. Smith, Viscount Birkenhead (1872-1930)
- Admitted 1894, called 1899, Treasurer 1916-19; Solicitor General and Attorney General 1915, Lord Chancellor 1919-1922
The Bacon Award
- Established in 1873 along with The Holt Award to attract more students at a time when Inn membership was in decline
- Named after Sir Francis Bacon, the Viscount St Albans and Baron Verulam (1561-1626), famous statesman and philosopher, Treasurer 1608-17, Lord Chancellor 1618
The Gerald Moody Award
- Founded by the late Dr Gerald T Moody, a member of the Inn
- Admitted 1910, died 1943
The Holt Award
- Established in 1873, along with The Bacon Award, to attract more students at a time when Inn membership was in decline
- Named after Sir John Holt, Lord Chief Justice 1689-1719, admitted 1652, called 1663, Chief Justice of the Court of King’s Bench 1689
The Wilfred Getz Award
- Founded by the family of the late Wilfred Getz (died 1988)
The Lord Justice Holker Awards
- Named after Sir John Holker (1828-1882)
- Admitted 1851, called 1854, Bencher 1868, Treasurer 1875, Lord Justice of Appeal 1882
- John Holker left his estate to his wife with a provision, not binding on her, that when she died she should bequeath what he had left her to Gray’s Inn. Her will specified that the Society should hold the estate upon trust for sale and investment and apply the income of the trust for the purpose of awards to be called The Lord Justice Holker awards
The Cynthia Terry Award
- Founded by Master Oswald Terry, a former Under-Treasurer of the Inn, in memory of his wife
- Admitted 1945, married Oswald Terry 1948, died 1974
The Uthwatt Award
- Founded in memory of Lord Uthwatt of Lathbury, a Bencher of the Inn
The Steen Award
- Founded by the late Stephen Nicholas Steen, a member of the Inn
- Called 1949, died 1988
The James Crouch Award
- Founded under the will of the late James Crouch (died 1947)
- Admitted 1909, called 1912
The Sir Dingle Foot Award
- Founded by Lady Dingle Foot in memory of her husband, The Right Hon Sir Dingle Foot QC (1905-1978)
- Labour MP, Solicitor-General 1964-1967
- Admitted 1930, Bencher 1952, Treasurer 1968
The Goldie Award
- Founded by the will of the late John H C Goldie (1904-1974), a Bencher of the Inn, in memory of his father Robert Murdoch Goldie
- Called 1929, Bencher 1967
The Albion Richardson Award
- Founded by the will of the late Sir Albion Richardson CBE, KC, Treasurer 1944
The Wilfred Watson Award
- Founded by the late Richard Yorke QC, a Bencher of the Inn, in memory of his uncle
The Edmund-Davies Award
- Founded in memory of the late Master Lord Edmund-Davies (1906-1992) by his family
- Admitted 1924, called 1929, Bencher 1948, Treasurer 1965, Lord of Appeal 1974
- The Inn currently supports the work of the Lord Edmund Davies Legal Education Trust
The William Shaw Award
- Founded in memory of William Shaw QC (1816-1885) by Mrs Mary Bailey, a close relative
- Admitted 1841, called 1844, Bencher 1880, Treasurer 1884
The Shakespeare Memorial Award
- Raised by donations from many members of the Inn to celebrate the 400th anniversary production of 'Comedy of Errors' in Gray's Inn Hall
The Richard Yorke Award
- Founded under the will of the late Master Richard Yorke QC (1930-1991)
- Called 1956, Bencher 1981
The Patrick Back Scholarship
- Founded in memory of her husband Patrick Back QC (died 2003) by the late Rosina Hare QC (died 2012)
- Leader of the Western Circuit 1984 to 1989
- Called 1940, Bencher 1978
The Denise Pannick Award
- Founded in memory of his wife by Master Lord David Pannick QC, her family and friends
- Barrister of Inner Temple
The Headridge Award
- Founded in memory of Richard Anthony Headridge (died 1995)
- Admitted 1953, called 1958
Any additional awards are termed ‘BPTC Awards’.