Gray's Inn

Senior Scholarships for Pupillage

Awarded 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

Application and deadline

You must apply for a Senior Scholarship for Pupillage via our online scholarship application system by the below deadline.  (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 Senior Scholarship application. 

The next Senior Scholarships for Pupillage application period:

  • applications will open on Wednesday 30 November 
    [previously 21 November 2016 - the opening date for applications has been delayed due to technical issues and we apologise for any inconvenience]
  • closes 11 January 2017

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


  • you must arrange for two references - one academic and one from your pupil supervisor
  • both your references must also be received by the application deadline

General conditions

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.

  • 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
  • Conditional upon successful candidates having passed the BPTC examinations unconditionally at their first attempt

General factors

With all applications we consider the applicant’s:

  • university academic record
  • performance in a viva voce examination in the form of a discussion on current topics of general interest to lawyers
  • performance in Inn and other advocacy and academic competitions such as mooting, the Lee Essay Prize or the Michael Beloff Essay Prize

Awards and benefactors

The Arden Scholarship

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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