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Pupillage Matched Funding Scheme

The Council of the Inns of Court is pleased to announce the launch of the next round of the Pupillage Matched Funding Scheme. Applications to match fund 2019-20  pupillages and 2020-21 pupillages are welcomed. The scheme encourages the provision of additional pupillages in those chambers (and other approved training organisations) whose work is predominantly publicly funded.

In short, the Inns will match the first six funding already provided by chambers.  If, but for this scheme, a chambers would offer one pupillage, then the chambers can apply for a matched funding grant of £6,000 to fund the first six months of a second pupillage.  If a chambers would, but for this scheme, have offered two pupillages then it can apply for up to two grants of £6,000 to fund up to two additional pupillages, and so on (hence matched funding). 

Applications for a grant of £3,000 will also be considered from those chambers which have not recently provided a pupillage and would like to do so; chambers would provide £3,000 towards the first six months of pupillage.  Subject to the permitted set-off of the pupil’s earnings, the second six months of the additional pupillage(s) would be funded by chambers. Chambers are now also able to elect to receive an increased level of funding of £7K, provided that all pupils in chambers receive an income of at least £14K for the year a figure closer to the National Living Wage.

How and When to Apply

Applications will be invited between 3 September and 22 October 2018. Please follow this link for more details:

Decisions will be communicated during the week commencing 5 November 2018.

Should you have any questions, please contact Hayley Dawes, COIC secretary via: