Each year Trinity College hold a nationwide politics essay competition open to all Year 12 or equivalent students. The Butler Prize is aimed to encourage students with an interest in modern politics and world affairs to think about undertaking university studies in Politics, International Studies or a related discipline. As well as to recognise the achievements both of high-calibre students and of those who teach them. The competition is not limited to those already studying these subjects or indeed other social sciences.
Candidates are invited to submit an essay between 2,000 and 4,000 words (not including the bibliography), on a topic to be chosen from a list of general questions announced in March each year, and to be submitted by the beginning of September.
Students based abroad are most welcome to participate. They should, however, be in their penultimate year of school.
The competition carries a First Prize of £600, to be split equally between the candidate and his or her school or college (the school or college’s portion of the prize to be issued in the form of book tokens), and a Second Prize of £400, which again is to be shared equally between the candidate and his or her school or college. Winners will be announced in September, and will be invited to visit the College to meet some of the teaching staff.
Essays must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Word or PDF file formats are acceptable. It will be helpful if you could name the file with your surname and initial, in the style (for example): SmithJ.pdf or SmithJ.docx.
On the first page of your essay, please include the following information: your name, email address, school name and address, your year at school (e.g. Year 12), and the subjects you are studying and to what level (e.g. A-level).
Please include a statement of originality: “I confirm that this essay is written in my own words and is the result of my own work. All sources used have been acknowledged in the essay.” Please ‘sign’ that statement (i.e. put your name, electronically is fine) and put the date on which you are submitting the essay.
If you cannot submit the essay electronically, please post it to R.A. Butler Prize, c/o Dr Glen Rangwala, Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ.