Gray’s will award at least £1.3 million in scholarships each year.

In 2022 we expect to award 75 to 85 Bar Course scholarships which start at £5,000 and can increase up to £30,000 when factoring in a Residential Scholarships.

Our Bar Course Scholarships support students undertaking the vocational component of Bar training.

The Hale, Bedingfield and Prince of Wales Scholarships are our most prestigious awards.

All Bar Course Scholarships are awarded on merit. Each scholar will receive a base award of £5,000, with the option of applying for additional means-tested funding.

There is one exception. Four Hale scholars will receive a base award of £20,000.

  • Key application dates

    Key application dates

    For students intending to study the vocational component from September 2023.

    • Applications open: Friday 16 September 2022
    • Application deadline: midnight on Friday 4 November 2022
    • Interviews: 7, 8, 9 March 2023

    Gray’s Inn shortlists candidates for interview. Applicants will be informed whether they will be invited to interview before the end of January 2023.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    All applications must be submitted through the Gray’s Inn Online Scholarship System. You can create an account at any time, even if it is outside of an application period.

    Login to Scholarship Applications

    You must intend to practise at the Bar of England and Wales in order to be eligible for this scholarship.

    Two references are required to support your application. Read the Referee guidance.

    Behind the scenes 

    Watch the video to go behind the scenes, meet the people involved and find out how scholarship applications are decided at Gray’s.

  • Merit assessment criteria

    Merit assessment criteria

    All applications will be considered against the following assessment criteria:

    • Academic ability– the ability to succeed as a barrister as demonstrated by performance in school and university examinations, interviews and other experiences in an academic setting
    • Problem solving – the ability to apply lateral and original thinking to solve problems and work with complex information to extract key information and facts to develop an argument
    • Drive and determination– possesses drive, determination and a strong work ethic to overcome adversity or achieve goals, whilst remaining calm when under pressure
    • Advocacy – can develop well structured, succinct, grammatically correct, and persuasively written argument. As a public speaker can communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively
    • Motivation to succeed– demonstrates a clear interest in the Bar and has ambition to become a barrister. Has taken steps to gain an understanding of the profession

  • Residential Scholarships

    Residential scholarships

    Bar Course scholars are also eligible to apply for a Residential Scholarship. 16 scholars will receive free accommodation within the Inn’s estate and the opportunity to be fully involved in the life and community of the Inn during their vocational studies.

    Bar Course Scholarship applicants will be contacted directly with details about applying for a Residential Scholarship.

    Each year, one Residential scholar is awarded the Chapel Scholarship. The Chapel scholar will receive £3,000 during their residency and is responsible for the smooth running and security of the Gray’s Inn Chapel before, during and after all public services.

    Assessment criteria

    Contribution – the scholar will be an active participant in the academic, pastoral and social aspects of Gray’s Inn and will pro-actively promote the life of the Inn with student colleagues

    Learning and Development – the scholar will use the opportunity of a residential scholarship in the heart of ‘Legal London’ to learn about the profession and develop as a potential barrister

    Academic Commitment – the scholar will use the opportunity of a residential scholarship to fully commit to the Bar Course and give themselves the best opportunity to excel academically

    Access, Opportunity and Means – without a Residential Scholarship the scholar would not be able to readily access the professional, academic and pastoral life of the Inn and their chances of success would be impacted

  • Named Scholarships

    Named scholarships

    Scholarships are normally named after prominent Members of the Inn. Our named Bar Course scholarships are:

    • The Bedingfield Scholarships
    • The Prince of Wales Scholarships
    • The Baroness Hale of Richmond Scholarships
    • The Lord Justice Holker Scholarships
    • The Richard Yorke Scholarships
    • The Wilfred Getz Scholarships
    • The Wilfred Watson Scholarships
    • The William Shaw Scholarships
    • The Albion Richardson Scholarships
    • The Edmund Davies Scholarships
    • The Uthwatt Scholarships
    • The Bacon Scholarship
    • The Beryl Cooper Scholarship
    • The Bingham Scholarship
    • The Birkenhead Scholarship
    • The Claudia Wright Scholarship
    • The Cynthia Terry Scholarship
    • The Dame Joyanne Bracewell Scholarship
    • The Denise Pannick Scholarship
    • The Elizabeth Ann Curnow Scholarship
    • The Elizabeth Bagaaya Scholarship
    • The Frank Quickfall Scholarship
    • The Gerald Moody Scholarship
    • The Goldie Scholarship
    • The Headridge Scholarship
    • The Holt Scholarship
    • The James Crouch Scholarship
    • The Jean Southworth Scholarship
    • The Marion Simmons Scholarship
    • The Monique Viner Scholarship
    • The Olufolake Solanke Scholarship
    • The Patrick Back Scholarship
    • The Roger Cox Scholarship
    • The Shakespeare Memorial Scholarship
    • The Sir Dingle Foot Scholarship
    • The Steen Scholarship
    • The Stella Cacoyanni Soulioti Scholarship


Please see our frequently asked questions for further information about applying for this scholarship.

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