College Scholarships and Prizes

The College recognises academic excellence amongst its undergraduates with a wide-range of annual prizes and scholarships, which bring both prestige and monetary rewards. Junior members who have obtained first Class Honours in any University or College examination are automatically awarded a prize and are elected into scholarships. In the absence of any candidate of sufficient distinction in a given year, the prize will not be awarded. When possible, monetary awards are paid directly into students' bank accounts.

Please note, students are awarded scholarships and prizes; no applications are required.

 

Name of prize and purpose

 

 

Eligibility

 

Amount awarded

Alcan 

Prize awarded to the most successful undergraduate student in their penultimate year

Undergraduate reading Natural Sciences (Physical), Engineering, Computer Science or Applied Mathematics £300

Alfred Monk F R Leavis 

Prize awarded to a student from any year who has performed exceptionally well in any one paper or in the Tripos as a whole

Undergraduate reading English £300

Association

Prize awarded to a student who achieves the best, or a very high examination result in their final year

Undergraduate reading any subject £300 [more than one prize may be awarded]

Barry Moore

Prize awarded to a student for the best Part IIB Tripos performance

Undergraduate reading Economics [must have achieved a First Class mark] £300

B J Everitt

Scholarship awarded for the best Part II Tripos performance

Undergraduate reading Neuroscience or Psychology £200

Chapel

Prize awarded to a student in their final year who has made a valued contribution to the liturgical life of the Chapel

Undergraduate reading any subject £100

Egginton

Prize awarded to a student from any year who has made an outstanding contribution to Fine Arts and Dance

Undergraduate reading any subject £200

Gabriel Oon Chong Jin

Prize awarded to a student in their final year, who achieve a First Class mark, and either a Blue or Half Blue in sports which may be in that year or earlier

Undergraduate in any subject [must have achieved a First Class mark]

 

In the case of a Half Blue, it must be for a sport in which non-discretionary full Blues are not awarded

£250 [if more than one individual is selected, in any one year, the prize will be shared equally]

Gelber​

Prize awarded for the greatest academic distinction in modern diplomatic or political history, or international relations (other than international legal studies), as determined by examination result

Undergraduate reading History or Postgraduate reading for the MPhil in International Relations £200

Grimmett

Prize awarded for distinguished first-class performance in the Mathematics Tripos, normally in Part II

Priority will be given for excellence in Part II, if there are performances of sufficient distinction

Undergraduate reading Mathematics [must have achieved a First Class mark] £200

Harold Hargreaves

Prize awarded to a student for the best Part II Tripos performance

Undergraduate reading Natural Sciences (Chemistry) [must have achieved a First Class mark] £200

Joseph Tcheng

Prize awarded to a student for the best Part II Tripos performance

Undergraduate reading Economics [must have achieved a First Class mark] £250

Nigel Allington

Prize awarded to a student for the best dissertation

Undergraduate reading Economics [must have achieved a First Class mark] £100

Peter and Anne Robson

Prize awarded to a student from any year with the best Tripos performance

Undergraduate reading a subject in any area of Electonics  £250

Peter Mathias

Prize awarded to a student for the best Part IIA Tripos performance

Undergraduate reading Economics [must have achieved a First Class mark] £300

S M and H Haniff

Prize awarded to a student in their final year who has performed best in any Part II or Part III Tripos examination

Undergraduate reading Natural Sciences (Physics) [must appear in the top 12%, when rounded to the nearest integer, of the class list] £250 [if more than one qualifying student, prize amount will be shared equally]

Whalley-Tooker

Prize awarded to a student in their penultimate year who has performed best in a Tripos examination

Prize awarded to a student in their penultimate year who has performed best in a Tripos examination £300

College prizes

The following College prizes are awarded for especial distinction. Qualifying students must appear in the top 2.5% of the class list for a given subject. One special prize is awarded per student in a given year:

 

Name of College prize

 

 

Eligibility

 

Amount awarded

Bradbrook Undergraduate in any year reading English £100
Clark Undergraduate in any year reading Natural Sciences £100
Graeme Hall Undergraduate in their final year reading Law £100
Harris Undergraduate in any year reading Law £100
Platt Undergraduate in any year reading any Arts or Science subject £100

 

Scholarships

The College awards Scholarships as follows. New scholars are admitted formally to their scholarships at a special ceremony each Michaelmas Term, and are subsequently invited to certain College feasts and other special occasions.

 

Eligibility

 

Scholarship

 

Amount Awarded

(a) Achieve a First or Distinction in a 1st year exam Elected to Scholar £100
(b) Achieve a First or Distinction in a 2nd year exam Elected or Re-elected to Scholar £100
(c) Achieve a First or Distinction in a 3rd year exam and staying for a 4th year, LLM, PGCE or Clinical Medicine  Elected or Re-elected to Scholar £100

(d) Achieve a First or Distinction in a 3rd year exam and leaving: 

- If did not receive a First in a previous year

- If received a First in a previous year

Title of Scholar

Nothing (already a Scholar)

No emolument

No emolument

(e) Achieve a First or Distinction in a 4th year exam or LLM

- If no First in a 3rd year exam

- If received a First in a previous year

Title of Scholar

Nothing (already a Scholar)

No emolument
(f) Achieve a Distinction in Parts I, II or III Clinical Medicine or Clinical Veterinary Medicine Title of Scholar No emolument
(g) Achieve a First or Distinction in each year of first three undergraduate years. 4th years are required to achieve a minimum II.I in their 4th year. Title of Foundation Scholar Certificate, no emolument

In order to emphasise the importance that is placed on academic excellence at Downing, the category of 'Foundation Scholar' was introduced in 2012. There is a different scheme in place for Law, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine where it is possible for high achieving students to be elected into endowed Scholarships (Harris, Seton, Jarvis and Whitby) which are associated with comparatively substantial emoluments to help students prepare for these professions:

 

Name

 

Purpose

Senior Harris Scholarship awarded to graduating Lawyers going into any branch of the legal profession.
Senior Seton

Scholarship awarded to graduating Lawyers going into any branch of the legal profession.

Senior Jarvis

Scholarship awarded to graduating Lawyers going into the legal profession as a solicitor only.

Senior Whitby

Scholarship awarded to graduating students in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

 

 

Elibigibiilty​

 

Total amount awarded [yearly amount stated in brackets up to a maximum of three years]

First in all three years £3000 per person [£1000 each year]
First in 3rd year only £1800 per person [£600 each year]
First in 2nd year only £1200 per person [£400 each year]
First in 2nd and 3rd year only £2400 per person [£800 each year]
First in 1st year only £600 per person [£200 each year]
First in 1st and 2nd year only £1800 per person [£600 each year]
First in 1st and 3rd year only £2400 per person [£800 each year]
Three Firsts in four years [LLM Degree only]

£3000* per person [£1000 each year]

* Please note, the Scholarship is extended by one year if a fourth First is achieved

First [MCL Degree only] £600 per person

 

Book prizes

Book prizes are also awarded, in the form of a gift card up to the value of £140, to students who achieve a First Class mark or Distinction in any year of their Tripos examinations. Please see below for details of how the value is determined:

Book prizes

 

Gift card value

First or Distinction in 1st year £100
First or Distinction in 2nd year £120
First or Distinction in 3rd year £140
First or Distinction in 4th year, LLM or Clinical Medicine £140
Distinction in Oral in MML or Classics £40

 

Other prizes

Thanks to the generosity of various benefactors, the College is able to offer a number of other prizes unconnected with Tripos results:

Name and purpose

 

Eligibility and amount awarded

Application deadline and information

Florence and David Jacobs Memorial

Prize for undertaking medical research

Postgraduate

£200

29 May 2019 - Closed

Prize information

Apply online

John Treherne

Prize for creative writing

Undergraduate

Three prizes of £500 [1st], £250 [2nd] and £100 [3rd]

10 May 2019 - Closed

Prize information

Apply online

Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Twining Egginton 

Prize for those who have excelled in Fine Arts

Current undergraduate or postgraduate in residence

Three prizes of £300 [1st], £100 [2nd] and £100 [3rd]

2016 Winning Prize Entries

2017 Winning Prize Entries

2018 Winning Prize Entries

2019 Winning Prize entries

Apply by 24 April 2020

Prize information

Physical entry form

Apply online