Thank you for your interest in Peterhouse's Vellacott History Prize, Kelvin Science Prize and Thomas Campion English Prize. The 2019 competition is now closed.
This year we received over 600 entries from students from over 300 different schools. The standard was incredibly high and the judges found it really difficult to select the winners, but we are excited to have invited 35 entrants to Peterhouse to celebrate their achievements with a prize-winners' lunch and receive their prizes and commended a further 15 students. Congratulations to all the entrants; the time you spent researching your topics and writing your essays has been invaluable preparation for university study. We look forward to hearing from any of you who are interested in applying to Peterhouse.
The Peterhouse Essay Competitions are a great opportunity for Year 12 students to start exploring their subject and get a taste of university-level research. It runs every year, with questions released in December and the deadline for entries falling at the end of March. Each competition has a prize pool of £750. Instructions for the prize are available on the left hand side of this page as attachments. Please see below for further details.
Instructions for entrants and essay questions are provided for the Kelvin, Thomas Campion and Vellacott prizes on the lefthand side as attachments. There is also an FAQ page for entrants and their teachers, as well as a guide for teachers on how to use our online system to run an internal competition within school and how to approve or modify essays.
If you have any further questions, after reading through the FAQs and the guides to submitting, please get in touch with Ellie Bishop, our Schools Liaison Officer, at email@example.com.