The International Professional and Legal Development Grant Programme allows barristers of seven years practice or less who are in employed or self-employed practice to apply for financial assistance to participate in international legal events of their choice, which contribute to their professional development.

Established by the International Committee of the Bar Council in 2009, the programme is supported by the Bar Council Scholarships Trust. The programme plays an important part of the Bar Council’s international strategy, which aims to encourage more junior barristers to participate in activities which will give them an international perspective on legal issues and help them to thrive in an increasingly globalised legal market.

Grants of up to £3,000 can be applied for and applicants must be a fully qualified barrister, working in an employed or self-employed practice, and a member from one of the supporting Specialist Bar Associations or Circuits. 

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.

To apply, please see the links on the left-hand side of this page. Download and read our Guidance Document then submit your Application Form, equality and diversity monitoring form, and proposed budget to your SBA/Circuit and the Young Barristers’ Committee by the relevant application deadline.

The deadline for the first round of applications is Friday 31 January 2020.

If you have any questions, please read the FAQs Document or contact us.