­­­The Inn offers two scholarships to support members of the Inn during their pupillage.

Senior Scholarships

The Senior Scholarships are the Inn’s most prestigious merit-based scholarships, conferred by the Treasurer to four pupils of distinction. Pupils must have passed their vocational component unconditional at their first attempt to be eligible for this scholarship.

Successful candidates will be awarded £5,000.

There are four Senior Scholarships:

  • The Arden Scholarship
  • The Atkin Scholarship
  • The Mould Scholarship
  • The Reid Scholarship

Ann Goddard Scholarships

The Ann Goddard Scholarships support members undertaking pupillages where some or all of the work is publicly funded through legal aid.

All Ann Goddard Scholarships are means-tested.

  • Key application dates

    Key application dates

    For members commencing pupillage from Michaelmas term 2022.*

    • Applications open: 18 November 2022
    • Application deadline: 6 January 2023
    • Interviews: 14, 15 February 2023

    *Please email the scholarships team for further information if your pupillage does not commence in Michaelmas 2022.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    All applications must be submitted through the Gray’s Inn Online Scholarship System.

    Login to Scholarship Applications

    You must be undertaking a pupillage at the Bar of England and Wales in order to be eligible for either scholarship.

    Two references are required to support your application. One referee must be your pupil supervisor. An academic referee is preferred for a second reference. Read the Referee guidance.

    Members can be in receipt of both a Senior Scholarship and an Ann Goddard Scholarship.

    Members cannot reapply for either pupillage scholarship.

  • 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

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Internship Scholarships

A valuable way to increase chances of securing pupillage or tenancy

Other Scholarships and Prizes

In addition to our major GDL, Bar Course and Pupillage Scholarships


Guidance on registering your pupillage and compulsory training courses during pupillage