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Pupillage Support Grants

In 2016 the Inn launched a support scheme for members of the Inn who are suffering particular financial hardship during pupillage.  The funds available each year are limited. 

Criteria for applicants

In order to qualify for a Pupillage Support Grant you must be:

  • a member of Middle Temple;
  • have been awarded a pupillage where you will be undertaking work which is principally publicly funded; and
  • in receipt of a pupillage award no greater than £20,000 p.a. for London and £17,500 p.a. for outside of London.


Applications are now open for Pupillage Support Grants. You can apply if your pupillage commences in March/April 2020. Applications will close on 1 May 2020 at 16:00. The application form is available to be downloaded from the right hand side of the page. 

There will be a further round of applications which will open on 7 September 2020 and close on 9 October 2020. If you are starting pupillage in September 2020 you should apply then.

Reference from Chambers

Applications must be supported by your Pupillage Provider who should fill out the form on the right hand side of the page entitled "Chambers Reference Form". It must be filled out by your Head of Chambers, Head of Pupillage or Senior Clerk.

The form asks your Pupillage Provider to confirm the following details:

  • the start date of the pupillage;
  • the level of financial support;
  • the likely income of the pupil during the second six; and
  • chambers arrangements regarding travelling expenses

The letter can be submitted with your application or alternatively sent directly to the Inn, by email to the address below. Your application will not be considered without a Chambers Reference form.

If you have any questions please contact Madeleine Cirdei, the Scholarships Officer, at

Applications should be submitted to with Pupillage Support Grant Application in the subject line.