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Hong Kong Scholarship

This scholarship is on hold in 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Thanks to the generosity of John Scott SC, a member of the Inn, we are delighted to be able to offer this international scholarship, which covers;

  • a return economy flight;
  • a stay of three weeks in Hong Kong, with one week's work experience in Des Voeux Chambers, one week's marshalling, and possibly one week's work experience in an international law firm;
  • accommodation

The scholarship is aimed at applicants who would like to practise commercial law and have a particular interest in international commercial law. It is open to applicants before, during or after pupillage. They must be members of the Inn and have successfully completed the BPTC at the time of commencing the scholarship. The placement will typically take place in September though for the exact timing of the stay in Hong Kong the successful candidate will liaise with Mr Scott directly.

In making its selection, the interviewing panel will consider candidates' merit according to the criteria which apply to all the Inn’s scholarships, namely academic ability, motivation to succeed at the Bar, potential as an advocate, personal qualities such as self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability, and the capacity to work effectively with clients, colleagues and chambers staff, as well as their interest in international commercial law.   It is also important that the successful candidate is a good ambassador for both the Middle Temple and the Bar of England and Wales.

Priority may be given to suitable candidates who have not previously benefited from other equivalent awards.  The selection panel will, if it thinks fit, create a shortlist of candidates to be interviewed.

At the conclusion of the scholarship, a report to the Inn of the time spent in Hong Kong should be submitted to the Scholarships Officer.

Please click here to read the 2017 scholar's report.


Applicants are required to download and complete the application form and submit it, signed and dated, along with a full Curriculum Vitae and a recent academic reference. 

The deadline for applications for the 2020 scholarship was on 16:00 on Friday 24 January 2020. 

The selection panel reserves the right to draw up a shortlist for interview.  The application process, including interviews, have been put on hold while the Inn tries to establish how the scholarship can go ahead in light of the current crisis. Applicants will be informed by email of any developments.

The Inn is prepared to reimburse reasonable travel expenses for candidates travelling from outside the M25 to attend the interview, up to a maximum of £65 per candidate.  Please click here for further information.

Please email your application to or post it to Hong Kong Scholarship, Treasury Office, Ashley Building, Middle Temple Lane, London, EC4Y 9BT.