Gray's Inn

Senior Scholarships for Pupillage

The next Senior Scholarship application period (for pupillages commencing 2018*):

  • opens on 20 November 2018
  • closes on 7 January 2019

*Please email the scholarships team for further information if your pupillage does not commence in the Autumn. 


All successful candidates will be awarded a £5,000 merit based scholarship.  

Senior Scholarships 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.

Financial circumstances are not considered in determining whether to award a Senior Scholarship.


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.

Please note:

  • you must be a member of the Inn to apply for a Senior Scholarship
  • the Senior Scholarships for Pupillage are awarded to students of exceptional merit - they are a mark of great honour and, to reflect this, the scholarships will be conferred by the Treasurer at the Pupil Trial Exercise
  • we consider the applicant’s university academic record, performance in Inn and other advocacy and academic competitions (such as mooting, the Lee Essay Prize or the Michael Beloff Essay Prize) and performance in a viva voce examination at interview​
  • conditional upon successful candidates having passed the BPTC examinations unconditionally at their first attempt
  • both your references must also be received by the above deadline (one academic and one from your pupil supervisor)

Online application system

You must apply for a Senior Scholarship 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.

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, viva voce interviews will be held in January (exact interview dates will be published on the online application form).

Previous Scholarships

Scholarships made in 2016:

  No.   Amount
The Arden Scholarship 1   £5,000
The Atkin Scholarship 1   £5,000
The Mould Scholarship 1   £5,000
The Reid Scholarship 1   £5,000

Scholarships and benefactors

The Arden Scholarship

The Arden Senior Scholarship award stained glass window

  • Founded in 1873 and named after Joseph Arden (1799-1879) admitted 1831, called 1840, Bencher 1875
  • Pictured is the window located in Hall which features Arden’s coat of arms and commemorates the foundation of the Arden Scholarship
  • Joseph Arden was well-known as a collector of papyri and of contemporary art

The Atkin Scholarship

Atkin portrait

  • Founded by the Inn in 1948 in memory of Lord Atkin of Aberdovey (James Richard Atkin, 1867-1944)
  • Admitted 1887, called 1891, Bencher 1906, Treasurer 1914 and 1937
  • Known for his decisions in Donoghue vs Stevenson in 1932 (the “snail in the bottle” case) and Liversedge vs Anderson in 1942

The Mould Scholarship

Mould black and white photo

  • Established by the late will of James Mould QC (1892-1958)
  • Admitted 1919, called 1923, Bencher 1950
  • Also qualified as an electrical engineer with a PhD in 1921, and later specialised in patent and design cases

The Reid Scholarship

Reid portrait

  • Established in 1975 by the gift of Lord Reid (James Scott Cumberland Reid, 1867-1944) shortly before his death
  • Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, Honorary Bencher 1948

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.

    View conditions

  • Pupils

    Guidance on registering your pupillage and compulsory training courses during pupillage.

    Find out more

  • Matched Pupillage Scheme