Trinity College runs several essay competitions for humanities and social sciences students in Year 12. These prizes are a great way to provide motivation and structure for able students who are embarking on their wider reading, particularly if they are not planning to do an EPQ and don’t get much scope to write extended essays as part of their AS courses.
Applicants don’t need to be planning to apply to Cambridge (although, of course, we hope they will consider us!) and, it goes without saying, entering one of these prizes would be a very useful addition to a strong personal statement.
The Law Essay title is “Should people be able to sell their bodily organs (e.g., their kidney(s) or liver)?”, and the closing date is 20 April so students need to get started if they would like to enter. The cover sheet, along with further details about the prize, can be found here: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/node/910.
The Geography Prize question is “At a fundamental level, geography is the study of places. What is the most important place in the world, and why?” and students have a little more time for this one, as the closing date is 30 June. Further details can be found here: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/node/904.
For more information about the prizes in English, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics, and Theology and Religious Studies, please refer to:
Gould Prize for Essays in English Literature
Robson History Prize
Prize for Linguistics
Prize for Philosophy
R.A. Butler Politics Prize
Prize for Theology and Religious Studies