2023 Robson History Essay Competition with £1000 in cash prizes

Robson History Essay Competition with £1000 in cash prizes

Trinity Robson History Essay Competition was established in 2007 in memory of the historian Robert Robson, who was for many years a Fellow and Tutor at Trinity.

Robson History Essay Competition 2023 Details

The Robson History Essay Competition 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.

Essays should provide references to sources of information, and include a bibliography at the end of the essay. Essays may be up to 3,000 words, including all footnotes and references but excluding the bibliography.

The essay question

Answer one question. Essays should supply references to the evidence offered, ideally in the form of footnotes. A bibliography of works consulted should also be appended. Essays must not be longer than 3,000 words, including footnotes, but excluding the bibliography.

Questions for the 2023 competition can be found here


to be eligible for the 2023 competition, you should be expecting to receive your final school results in the year from September 2023 to August 2024. This condition is held to strictly and, in the interest of fairness, no exceptions will be made. Each entrant to the competition is allowed to submit only one essay.

Who can enter the competition?

The Robson History Prize is an annual competition for Year 12 or Lower 6th students.

Essay Competition Entry fee

The essay competition is free to enter.

Robson History Essay Competition 2023 Prizes

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.

Prize-Winners and Highly Commended candidates will be announced in September, and will be invited to visit the College to meet some of the teaching staff.

Essay Competition Application Guide

Please submit essays using the online form. Please include your name on the document and save the file as “Surname, First name”.

Essay application Deadline

The deadline for essay submissions is 12 noon (UK time) on Tuesday, 1 August 2023.

Competition Website

You can check the essay competition website following this link.

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