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Lincoln’s Inn offers a range of Scholarships & Awards to courts in The Hague, Strasbourg and Luxembourg, and a contribution to applicants who arrange their own placements abroad. Lincoln’s Inn also contributes towards the Pegasus Trust which is administered by Inner Temple.

In addition, Lincoln’s Inn encourages applicants to consider The Hon Sir Peter Bristow Scholarship and Harold G Fox Scholarships which are available to members of all Inns. For more information on these scholarships, please visit the Middle Temple Website.

International & European Scholarships & Awards


Each year the Inn provides scholarships and bursaries for students and barristers under five years Call to spend time at the centre of International, European and Human Rights Law.

  • Johan Steyn Scholarship to the ICC
  • Peter Duffy Scholarship and Nicolas Bratza Scholarship to the ECtHR
  • JP Warner Scholarship to the CJEU
  • EFTA Court Scholarship (open to members of all Inns)
  • Paul Heim Education Award

Further information on these scholarships and awards can be found in the Guidance for applicants booklet, which is available for download from this page. You can also read about some of our former scholars experiences on the news and media section of our website (please select the ‘International Scholarship Report‘ tag at the top of the page to filter by these reports).

The Inn also holds a number of European and Human Rights Law lectures throughout the year as well as annual visits to the ICC, ECtHR and the CJEU. Details of these events and visits can be found on the European Law Programme and the European Visits pages which include reports from some previous visits.

Application Process

Applications for the 2024 round of European Scholarships are open between 12:00 on Monday 12 February and 12:00 on Monday 18 March.

Interviews will be held remotely on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May 2024. Successful applicants will be invited to interview one week before.

The application form can be completed here.

As part of each application, the Inn must receive two references for each candidate by the deadline. The Guidance note for referees can be downloaded from this page.

Application Criteria

We accept applications from student members and members under five years Call. To participate fully in the placement, applicants need to demonstrate an understanding and genuine interest in the work of the court they are applying to.

The Johan Steyn, Peter Duffy, Nicolas Bratza, and JP Warner scholarships, and he Paul Heim Education Award are only open to members of Lincoln’s Inn. The EFTA Court Scholarship is open to members of any Court.

You must be a national of a member state of the Council of Europe to be eligible for the Peter Duffy and Nicolas Bratza scholarships to the ECtHR. A full list of member states can be found here.

Overseas Placement Fund

The Inn has an Overseas Placement Fund to assist Lincoln’s Inn junior barristers to undertake international Human Rights Law internships. Previous members been awarded the fund to undertake work supporting Syrian refugees in Greece, to work on death row cases in the USA and to carry out placements with the Women’s Legal Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.

An application form can be downloaded from this page. This must be returned via email to [email protected] along with a copy of the contract or letter of appointment confirming the placement and a legal CV. Applications must be received by the final Friday of each month.

Please make sure that you have confirmation of your placement before applying for funding. 

The Inn cannot fund the placements in full but can make a contribution.

Pegasus Scholarships

The Pegasus Scholarships are funded equally by all four Inns and administered by Inner Temple. As incoming Pegasus scholars, talented young lawyers from other countries will be able to gain work experience in a first class set of chambers for three months. As outgoing Pegasus scholars, junior English and Welsh barristers will be able to travel abroad, live and work in other common law jurisdictions and in the European Community.

For more information on the scholarships, please visit the Inner Temple website.