GDL/CPE Awards

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

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

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

Application procedure

Candidates must apply using the online form on this website. Applications for scholarships must be submitted by 1pm on the first Friday in May immediately preceding the start of the full-time course or the second year of the part-time 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.

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. In the last round of 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 an award. 

The 2018 interviews will take place on the evening of Friday 22nd June (from 4.30pm) and during the day on Saturday 23rd June.

Applications for 2018 are now open with a closing date of 1pm on 4th May 2018