Gray's Inn

Overseas Scholarships and Internship Funding

The Inn aims to support students and barristers of the Inn who wish to undertake, either in the UK or overseas, study, work experience or internships which will increase their chances of securing pupillage or tenancy.

Applying

To apply you must submit a letter or email providing:

  • full details of your proposed course of study, including financial requirements 
  • a statement of any other matters, activities or circumstances which you think are likely to be of assistance to the Scholarships Committee, e.g. how the experience will prepare you for pupillage and/or tenancy and services you have contributed to the Inn to date
  • details and results of any applications for pupillage or tenancy
  • particulars of any grant for the same purpose which has been obtained or applied for from other sources
  • your present intention regarding your career at the Bar
  • a copy of your most recent CV

Please note your application is for funding in general, not specifically for one of the named awards listed below. The Inn will allocate a named award should your application be successful and your proposed course of study, placement, internship etc. is applicable to the purpose and factors of the award.

References

  • You must provide two references - one academic, one professional - with your application
  • Your referees must submit their references separately and directly to us. A signed hard copy by post or a scanned copy (PDF) of the signed original by email is acceptable

Deadline

There are four application deadlines per year: 

  • 31 March
  • 30 June
  • 30 September
  • 31 December

Should the deadline fall on a weekend or public holiday, then it will be extended to the end of the next working day.  Following each deadline a shortlist will be drawn and interviews will take place within one month following the application deadline.

General conditions

  • Named scholarships and awards are open to students and barristers of the Inn who have not been in practice for more than 7 years
  • The Scholarships Committee may ask the successful applicant to report on the period of study following its completion
  • Funding is not available towards the LLM

Awards and benefactors

The Churchill Scholarship

  • Founded by the Inn in memory of the Rt. Hon Sir Winston Churchill KG OM CH (1874-1965)
  • Honorary Bencher from 1942 to 1965

Purpose and factors

The purpose of the Churchill Scholarship is to enable the winner to study abroad, either at a University or with foreign lawyers or otherwise, for a period of at least three months in some aspect of foreign or Commonwealth Law, to be chosen by the candidate and approved by the Scholarships Committee.  Preference will normally be given to applications to study in Europe or the Commonwealth. All candidates must either: (i.) hold a recognised academic post or (ii.) be intending to practise.  All candidates must state their intention to use their legal knowledge (by practise, teaching or otherwise) either in the United Kingdom or in some part of the Commonwealth.

The David Karmel European Scholarship

  • Founded by the Band Trust in memory of David Karmel CBE QC (1907-1982)
  • Admitted 1925, called 1928, Bencher 1954, Treasurer 1970

Purpose and factors

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake a course of study, which should normally be of at least three months duration and be related to some aspect of the law of member countries of the Community.

The Graham Challis European Scholarship

  • Founded by Mr and Mrs Alan Challis in memory of their son, Graham Donald Challis (BA Cantab), who was tragically killed the week before Call Night in 1981
  • Educated at the Lycee Francais, Collet Court, St Paul's School and Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Remembered for his cello playing, sailing and willingness to help others; the piano that stands in Hall is dedicated in his memory

Purpose and factors

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake a course of study, which should normally be of at least three months duration and be related to some aspect of the law of member countries of the Community.

Award for a Stage or Legal Training Position in Europe

The Inn may make at least one award per annum, up to a maximum of £5,000, to finance a legal training position in Europe.  An example of such a position would be a ‘stage’ placement in the legal departments of the European Commission in Brussels or Luxembourg.
 
(A ‘stage’ of at least 5 months duration can count as all of the practising 6 months of pupillage with the prior permission of the Joint Regulations Committee of the Bar Council and the Masters of the Bench of Gray’s Inn.)

Awards and benefactors (administered by other Inns)

Pegasus Awards

The four Inns support the Pegasus Awards Scheme which offers tenants and employed barristers within five years of practice the opportunity to travel abroad and work as lawyers in other common law jurisdictions and the European Union.  Scholarships are tenable for between six and twelve weeks.  A host law firm assists the scholar to find accommodation and provides expenses.  There are up to 12 scholarships annually to the following countries: Australia, Bermuda, Hong Kong, New Zealand, USA and countries of the EU.  The Trust also welcomes the opportunity to support scholars in placements they have personally arranged.

  • Funded by the four Inns of Court
  • Administered by Inner Temple
  • Further information is available on the Inner Temple Website and from the scholarships officer at Inner Temple

Harold G. Fox Scholarships

The Harold G. Fox Fund was established to enable members of the Inns to undertake a one year ‘placement’ in the litigation department of a large Toronto law firm, arranged by the Trustees of the Fund in Toronto, or a post-graduate degree at a university in Ontario for which candidates make their own arrangements.

  • Administered by Middle Temple
  • Open to members of the Inns that are under five years’ Call, or about to be called
  • Further information is available from the scholarships officer at Middle Temple

The Hon. Sir Peter Bristow Scholarship

One annual award of £9,000 is made to a member of an Inn to study for five months the workings of the Commission of the European Union in Brussels and institutions of the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Completion can count towards the second six months of pupillage.

  • Administered by Middle Temple
  • Open to members of the Inns that have been called, or are about to be called
  • Further information is available from the scholarships officer at Middle Temple

Find out more

  • 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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  • Other Awards and Prizes

    Other awards and prizes offered by the Inn throughout the academic year.

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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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