Bar Course Awards

Most of the Inner Temple’s Scholarships and Exhibitions are intended to support students during their Vocational Component (previously known as the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Of our total scholarship fund for 2020 of £1,886,306 over £1.6 million will be allocated to Vocational Component awards. 

Bar Course Awards

Award Award Amount

One Peter Taylor Scholarship


One Stephen Chapman Scholarship


Five Princess Royal Scholarships

£20,000 each

Major Scholarships and Exhibitions: Awards will be made on merit with award levels decided taking into account the successful applicant’s resources and needs. There are not a set number but we would expect to make 90 - 95 of these, for around 100 awards in total.


The Inner Temple will also award a number of Benefators Scholarships. These will be made in conjunction with another award (i.e. they will be added to a Bar Course Exhibition Award). A full list of these awards can be found here

Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Awards

50 awards of £175 each are offered annually to cover the Inn’s fees for admission and call. Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. When applying for a Bar Course Scholarship you will automatically be put forward for a Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award.

Bar Course Scholarship Statistics

Applications 2016 2017 2018 2019

Scholarship Applications





Interviewed (applicants minus withdrawals)





Total Awards





Application Procedure

Applications for the 2020 Bar Course Awards closed on Friday 1 November 2019.

Applications for the 2020 Bar Course Awards are now closed.

The financial statement section is not compulsory but if it is not filled in, any award you win other than the named awards mentioned above (Peter Taylor, Stephen Chapman and Princess Royal Scholarships) would be at a minimum level as we would have to assume you have sufficient finances in place.  We recommend that all applicants fill the financial statement in. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide two references. This can comprise of either two academic, two professional or one academic and one professional reference.  Please note that your referee must have known you for at least six months and must not be a family member.

In the last round of Bar Course applications, the Inner Temple interviewed every applicant. It is the Inn's intention, numbers permitting, to continue to offer interviews to all candidates that apply for a Bar Course award. The interviews will be held on Saturday 7 and Saturday 14 March 2020.

References will now be submitted online as part of your application

Applicants must arrange for two academic and/or professional references to be submitted in support of their application. All referees must have known the applicant for at least six months and references should be as detailed as possible. Please note that family members cannot provide references.

As of September 2018, references will be submitted online as part of the scholarship application process. Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to send the unique URL, generated whilst completing the references section of the application, to their referee. The referee will then be able to upload the reference directly to us.

Application forms must be submitted before 1pm on Friday 1 November, however referees will have until Friday 15 November to upload their reference to us.