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

Candidates must apply using the online form on this website. Applications for scholarships will open at 10am on Friday 22 March must be submitted by 1pm on Friday 3 May

Applications should be for 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. 

Candidate Interviews will take place on either the 21 or 22 June 2019. 

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 closed. The 2019 awards will open in March 2019