CPE/GDL Awards

Students can apply for scholarships and exhibitions to support them during their CPE/GDL year. Applicants who intend to undertake the two-year postgraduate LLB course are also eligible. However, successful applicants will only be funded for one year of the course. For the CPE/GDL year, 1 Princess Royal Scholarship of £10,000 and 1 Princess Royal Scholarship of £7,500 each are available. Up to a further £183,000 will also be awarded in Major Scholarships and Exhibitions, the amounts of which will be decided taking into account the successful applicant’s resources and needs.

The Guaranteed Funding Scheme

The Inner Temple is the only Inn that will guarantee a CPE/GDL scholarship winner an award of at least equal value for their BPTC.

Students who are successful in obtaining an award for their CPE/GDL year, who successfully complete the CPE/GDL course, and who thereafter obtain a place on a BPTC course, will on application automatically receive an award of the same amount for their BPTC year, without further interview.

CPE/GDL award holders therefore have the certainty that a minimum level of funds will be available to them from the Inn throughout their period of study for the Bar. Holders of CPE/GDL awards are, however, welcome to apply for a higher award for their BPTC year. They will not, by doing so, jeopardise their right to the guaranteed amount.

Similarly, since more funds are available for awards for the BPTC year, unsuccessful applicants for CPE/GDL awards are welcome to apply the following year for a BPTC award. Many such applications have been successful in past years. Permission will not usually be given to defer the taking up of a CPE/GDL award.

Application procedure

Candidates must apply using the online form on this website. Applications for scholarships must be received by the first Friday in May in the year of the relevant CPE/GDL course. The financial statement section is not compulsory but if it is not filled in any award you win other than the Princess Royal Scholarships mentioned above would be at a minimum level as we would have to assume you had sufficient finances in place. Three references are required: two academic and one personal - please note that members of family cannot provide references. Click here to download the Referee Letter. The form opens mid-March and the closing date for completed applications is the first Friday in May each year.

Applications are now closed for CPE/GDL Awards 2014.

Applications for the 2015 CPE/GDL Awards will open in mid-March 2015 and the closing date will be 1pm on 1st May 2015. Awards are only given on the basis of interviews - however, we will undertake an interview by telephone if necessary so as not to disadvantage those who are unable to attend in person.