Mar 11, 2019

Peterhouse, University of Cambridge: Kelvin Science Essay Prize

  • Crimson Education
  • United Kingdom
Multiple Competition


Peterhouse hold an annual Science essay competition for students with a keen interest in their chosen science. 

Competitors are advised that the main focus of the essay should not be material previously or currently being studied by the entrant as part of their sixth form studies. The entrant may refer to topics that will be studied in future so long as, at the time of the closing date, the entrant has received no formal tuition on the topic in question. All entries must be verified by a Head of Sixth Form or Head of History confirming that the essay is the entrant’s own work and that the main focus of the essay is not something which they have hitherto studied in the sixth form classroom.

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.

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.

Please direct any questions to