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Essay competitions

Each year, Fitzwilliam runs essay competitions in a variety of subjects, allowing talented students to explore their interests beyond the school curriculum. 

The University of Cambridge, like other selective Higher Education Institutions, seeks out students with a passion for their subject; those who have investigated it outside the classroom. Our essay competitions provide students with an opportunity to engage with their interests in this way. Looking forward, such opportunities also allow students to demonstrate their enthusiasm to Universities at application.

Essay Prizes 2018

The 2018 competition has now finished and winners have been contacted.

We had 190 entries to the Fitzwilliam Essay Competitions with six winning entries winning £200 and sixteen Highly Commended winning a £25 book voucher. Twenty-one Certificates of Merit were also awarded to runners-up who impressed the judges. The prize-giving ceremony was held at Fitzwilliam College on the 5 July 2018.

Congratulations to our winners, highly commended and merit holders and thank you to all that entered, the standard of entries was high and choosing the winners was extremely difficult. 

Essay Competition Winners 2018

Photo credit: Gillian Skerrit

This year's competitions questions are below: 

Ancient World/Classics 



Land Economy

Russian Studies 

Competition rules

These essay competitions are for Year 12 or Lower Sixth Formers who are considering applying to university. 

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