GDL Awards

Students can apply for scholarships and exhibitions to support them during their 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 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 GDL scholarship winner an award of at least equal value for their BPTC.

Students who are successful in obtaining an award for their GDL year, who successfully complete the 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.

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 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 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 GDL award.

Holders of GDL awards are, however, welcome to apply for a higher award for their BPTC year.

Application procedure

 Applications for 2019 GDL scholarships are now closed. Applications for the academic year 2020/21 will open in March 2020.

Candidates must apply using the online form on this website.

Applications should be for GDL courses starting in the Autumn of 2019. Candidates opting to do the course part-time should apply before starting. If, however, they are not already in receipt of an award for the first year of their part-time GDL, a part-time candidate may apply by 1pm on the first Friday in May immediately preceding the start of the second year of the part-time course. 

The financial statement section is not compulsory but if it is not completed 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. We recommend that all applicants fill the financial statement in.

In the last round of GDL 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 GDL award. The interviews will be held on the evening of Friday 21 June (from 4.30pm) and during the day on Saturday 22 June.

References will now be submitted online as part of your application

Applicants must arrange for three references to be submitted in support of their application, two academic references and one personal reference. The academic references should be from a tutor or director of studies. In the case of mature applicants, references from an employer are acceptable, bearing in mind that all references should be as detailed as possible. The personal reference should be from a professional person who has known the applicant for at least 2 years. 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.

References form an essential part of the application and as such, the application should not be submitted before all three references have been uploaded. Applicants are advised to contact their referees as soon as possible and must ensure that their application is submitted, with references, before the deadline of 1pm on Friday 3 May 2019. Applications presented without appropriate references may be disadvantaged. Applicants must notify the Scholarship Team as soon as possible if there are any issues with the references.

Applications closed at 1pm on Friday 3 May.