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International Scholarship Programme

The CBA continue to support the Bar Council’s International Programme.

The International Professional and Legal Development Grant Programme enables junior barristers to take part in initiatives which will offer them a global perspective on legal issues and help them to thrive in an increasingly competitive legal market. Established in 2009, the Programme allows barristers under seven years’ practice to apply for financial assistance to participate in international legal programmes of their choice, which contribute to their professional development.

The Bar Council Scholarship Trust grants up to a third of the costs of participation, the applicant’s Specialist Bar Association (SBA) will provide another third of the cost, with the remaining cost to be covered by the applicant.

All barristers who are qualified in England and Wales and have practised for less than seven years will be eligible to apply for the scheme. Barristers should identify the legal event or programme and clearly explain their motivation for participating, and what they hope to learn from the programme. Successful applicants will commit to sharing the experience they have gained with members of their respective SBAs upon return.

Application Process:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis over a 12-month period running from 3rd October 2022 to 1st October 2023 the following calendar year; applications must be submitted at least two months prior to the event or programme they wish to participate in.

Applications will be considered by way of a two-stage process, being screened first by the CBA and then by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust.

All applicants must submit an application form, including their proposed budget, to the CBA and to the Bar Council, and an equality and diversity monitoring form to the Bar Council only. The Terms of Reference below provide further details on the scheme and how you can apply.

Applicants will be given a decision within one month of receipt of their application.

Since 2009 we have awarded over 100 grants, which have helped junior barristers to participate in key international events and programmes in jurisdictions such as South Korea, Hong Kong, Brazil, Japan, France, Singapore, and the United States.


Please send both the application form and budget form to [email protected] and [email protected]

If you have any questions please email [email protected]