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Newnham College Essay Prizes

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The 2018/19 Newnham College Essay Prizes are now open!

All female students currently in Year 12 at a UK school may enter the prizes, which are offered in Biological Sciences, Engineering, History, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy, and Physical Sciences, as well as our annual ‘Woolf Essay Prize’ with questions inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

This year, we are pleased to introduce two new essay prizes in Computer Science and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences.

Each of the Newnham Essay Prizes has a first prize of £400, a second prize of £200 and a third prize of £100. There will be a prize-giving at Newnham College in June 2019.

We welcome entries from interested students studying any combination of subjects. Each competition has a slightly different word limit, so please consult the questions and information sheet for each of the prizes. All essays must reference sources (including websites consulted) and provide a bibliography.

Students may only submit an essay for one subject. Each school may only submit 5 entries per subject.

The submission deadline for all entries is midday on Friday 8 March 2019.

For more information visit the website, where the submission form is as well.

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