Our philosophy – and our £1.3 million fund

At Gray’s, we believe that our Members’ talent and drive should determine whether they make it to the Bar, not their financial circumstances. We are committed to ensuring that no capable individual ever falls by the wayside for financial reasons alone, and that is why each and every Gray’s scholarship is awarded entirely on merit.

If you have what it takes, the Gray’s scholarship team will do everything in our power to make your dream of becoming a barrister a reality. We understand that the costs of training are high, and that is why we will award over £1.3 million in scholarships this year.

Funding that makes a real difference

All four of the Inns have significant scholarship funds; it’s only by digging deeper that you will discover what sets Gray’s apart.  

The average value of a Gray’s award is the largest of all the Inns. 

Rather than awarding a large number of smaller amounts that leave students with the greatest financial need still needing to find many thousands of pounds, each major Gray’s scholarship is big enough to make a genuine difference to its recipients. In 2020, our average award for Bar Course scholars was approximately 80% of course fees for the majority of Bar Course providers and an additional Residential Scholarship may be awarded.

  • Residential Scholarships valued at £9,500
  • Bar Course Scholarships up to £30,000
  • GDL Scholarships up to £12,000

Find out more

  • How to apply

    Making your online application, assessment criteria and deadlines

    How to apply

  • Conditions for applicants and scholars

    Guidance on applying for and accepting a scholarship from the Inn


  • Joining the Inn

    Becoming a barrister is more than just a career – it’s the fulfilment of a calling