Mar 10, 2019

Trinity College, University of Cambridge: The Robson History Essay Prize. UK

  • Crimson Education
  • United Kingdom
Multiple Competition


The Robson History Prize is an annual competition for Year 12 or Lower 6th students. The Prize was established in 2007 in memory of the historian Robert Robson, who was for many years a Fellow and Tutor at Trinity. The aims of the Robson Prize are twofold: firstly, to encourage ambitious and talented Year 12 or Lower Sixth students considering applying to university to read History or a related discipline; and secondly, to recognize the achievements both of high-calibre students and of those who teach them.

The 2020 competition has closed.

Essays must be between 2,000 and 3,800 words long, on a topic to be chosen from the list of questions. We encourage you to provide references to your sources of information, and to include a bibliography at the end of the essay. The notes ARE included in the word limit, but the bibliography is NOT included. Each entrant may submit a single essay.

Submissions must be made by 12 noon (UK time) on 1 May 2020.  Please submit essays using the form below.  We hope to announce results by the end of June.

The competition carries a First Prize of £600, to be split equally between the candidate and their school or college (the school or college’s portion of the prize to be issued in the form of book tokens with which to buy history books), and a Second Prize of £400, which again is to be shared equally between the candidate and their school or college. In addition, further outstanding essays will be highly commended.

Queries from students or teachers of students intending to submit an essay may be directed by e-mail to Dr Richard Serjeantson at

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range


Participation Cost


Application Deadline

Applications for 2020 have closed. Dates for 2021 are TBA

Application Process Includes

Essays should be submitted using the form found online.