Mar 11, 2019

Peterhouse, University of Cambridge: Vellacott History Essay Prize

  • Crimson Education
  • United Kingdom
Multiple Competition


Peterhouse hold an annual History essay competition for students with a keen interest and high calibre of History writing. 

The prizes are open to all students in year 12 or equivalent (i.e. in their penultimate year of school and usually aged 16 or 17), regardless of nationality or school country. Essays must be written in English. Please note that essays must be uploaded as pdf documents through our online submission system. All entries must be verified by a teacher and must conform to the guidelines given in terms of length and content, making sure that all citations and quotes are acknowledged using any recognised system. There is a strict limit of two entries per prize per school or college, unless your school requests extra entries before the closing date of the competition. Extra entries are granted at the discretion of the prize co-ordinators and must be arranged in advance by your teacher.

Each competition has a prize pool of £750. Winners will be contacted by post - please make sure your postal address and other contact details are entered correctly!

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range


Application Deadline

Applications for 2020 have now closed. Dates for 2021 are TBA

Application Process Includes

The deadline is 16:00 GMT Monday 20th April 2020 and the deadline for teacher approval is 16:00 GMT Monday 27th April 2020. If you are entering the Vellacott Prize, you must send the intended title of your essay to by 16:00 GMT Monday 16th March 2020.

For this reason, submission by post, fax or email will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances, and only by prior arrangement.