Pupillage Awards

The Inner Temple offer a small number of scholarships for those with a minimally funded pupillage, called Benefactors’ Scholarships. 

In addition, the Marshall Hall Trust also offers financial support, in the form of grants, to student or pupil members of the Inner Temple. In particular, the Marshall Hall Trust considers supporting those who, through no fault of their own, may be unable to fund the costs of completing their pupillage. Financial support may be available even if the applicant’s pupillage is not a minimally funded pupillage. However, financial support is most likely to be provided to applicants with minimally funded pupillages or otherwise benefitting from limited support for their pupillage. Further information about the Marshall Hall Trust is available here.


In 2021, the Marshall Hall Trust expects to make available funding in the total sum of up to £60,000 for distribution to applicants in the form of Marshall Hall Trust pupillage awards. Successful applicants will be offered grants, at the discretion of the selection panel, in such sum as the selection panel considers appropriate.


Applicants need only complete one application form to be considered for both the Inner Temple Benefactors’ Scholarships and the Marshall Hall Trust pupillage awards.

The awards offered by the Inn are:

Award name Award
The Rachel Lawrence Scholarship £2000
Leonard Woodley Scholarship £1000
Sunley Prize (awarded by the Knights of the Round Table to those who have debated and/or mooted for the Inn) £1000
Sweet and Maxwell Scholarship £400
Cecile Yahuda Scholarship £325
Basil Nield Scholarship £250
Neville Laski Scholarship £150
Geoffrey Veale Scholarship £100
Ede and Ravenscroft Prize wig, gown and circuit case

Application Procedure

Candidates should apply online, using the form on the web-site. Two references are required, one academic and one personal, and these should be submitted online as part of the application form.  The Committee will also usually expect to be provided with a letter from the Applicant’s pupil supervisor (or proposed pupil supervisor) or from the head of chambers or the chambers’ pupillage committee, confirming the funding arrangements for the pupillage.

The financial statment section of the form is compulsory for the Pupillage awards.

There is no interview for the Inner Temple awards but if you are selected for Marshall Hall funding a short interview with the Trustees of the Marshall Hall Trust will be required.

Applications are now closed. The next round of applications will open in March 2022.