GDL Scholarships

In 2020, Gray’s will award at least £1.3 million in scholarships, including up to 30 GDL scholarships ranging from £2,500 to £13,000.

Applications for 2020/21 scholarships have now closed and shortlisting has taken place. Late applications can no longer be accepted under any circumstances. 

2021 Applications

The next application period for 2021 GDL Scholarships:

  • opens in March 2021 and
  • closes at midnight on Friday 7 May 2021

If shortlisted, you will be interviewed in June (exact interview dates are published on the online application form).

Find out more about how to apply.

GDL Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to £13,000 for graduates taking the full or part-time GDL conversion course, including the prestigious David Karmel Scholarships.

Also offered are the William Charnley Scholarship and the Dame Joyanne Bracewell Scholarship, with a minimum value of £12,000 and £10,000 respectively

GDL Scholars qualify for automatic interview for the 2020 Bar Course Scholarships – and the minimum Bar Course award for our GDL scholars is £7,500.

Our minimum award for applicants taking the GDL conversion course is £2,500.

2020 Scholarships

William Charnley Scholarship 1 £12,000 minimum
Dame Joyanne Bracewell Scholarship 1 £10,000 minimum
David Karmel Scholarships up to 8 £2,500 - £13,000
Named Scholarships up to 20 £2.500 - £13,000

Named Scholarships

In 2019, additional named scholarships were established, several of which were named after prominent female members of the Inn to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919. A list of named GDL scholarships is below:

  • David Karmel Scholarships
  • William Charnley Scholarship 
  • Dame Joyanne Bracewell Scholarship 
  • Anthony Bessemer Clark Scholarship
  • Ann Ebsworth Scholarship
  • Nina Lowry Scholarship 
  • Graeme Hamilton Scholarship 
  • Sheila Mars-Jones Scholarship 
  • Leonard Caplan Scholarship 
  • Tatjana Finkelstein Scholarship 
  • Sir James Hunt Scholarship 
  • Ellice Aylmer Eadie Scholarship 
  • Josephine Barnes Scholarship 
  • Dame Juliet Wheldon Scholarship 
  • Sir Gilbert Gray Scholarship 
  • Frances Moran Scholarship 
  • Edmond James Lawson Scholarship 
  • Sir Elihu Lauterpacht Scholarship 
  • Enoch Dumbutshena Scholarship 

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

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