Academic Excellence: Subject Prizes

Balliol undergraduates may be awarded prizes for outstanding academic achievement in particular areas.

The following are the main College subject prizes, which are of varying amounts. In addition, the Senior Tutor/Academic Registrar may authorise the award of a special prize from time to time to an undergraduate reading a subject not covered by the following list. Such prizes may be awarded for a variety of different reasons, ranging from performance in Collections to tutorial essays to narrowly missing being awarded a Scholarship or Exhibition.

Type of award: 
Academic or academic-related
Eligibility or selection criteria: 


  • Prelims Prize: Good performance in FPE, falling just short of a distinction, £50


  • Greville-Smith Prize: Undergraduates studying Chemistry, Part I or Part II, total value of £150


  • Jenkyns (Classics) Prize: 2nd-year undergraduates reading Classical Honour Moderations, £75
  • Jenkyns Exhibition: any Classics undergraduate, awarded after an examination, £150
  • Samuel (Classics) Dubner Prize: Post-FPE student, awarded for the purpose of purchasing materials relevant to the Final Honour School course and encouraging work towards Finals, £250


  • Samuel Dubner (Clinical Medicine) Prize: Best all-round performance by 5th clear Clinical Medicine undergraduates (awarded in rotation with History), £250


  • Kyriacou and Sherwin-Smith Prize: 3rd-year undergraduates, with a preference for those undertaking Entrepreneurship options within the Engineering degree, £250
  • Lubbock Prize: Engineering undergraduate(s), £75
  • Prosser (Engineering) Prize: Engineering undergraduates, £50


  • Elton Prize: Proficiency in English Literature and especially Shakespeare by first- and second-year undergraduates, £75 and £50 (two prizes)
  • Kington Oliphant (English Literature) Prize: Proficiency in English Philology, £75 and £50 (two prizes)


  • Edwin George Engleby Wright Prize: Performance in History, £300 altogether between Kington Oliphant, James Gay, and Martin Wright
  • Martin Wright Prize: Distinguished performance in FPE or FHS, £300 altogether between Kington Oliphant, James Gay, and Martin Wright
  • Samuel Dubner (History) Prize: Best performance in mock schools/Collections (in rotation with Clinical Medicine undergraduates), £250
  • William Mazower Prize: Automatically attached to the exhibition that the History tutors award to the best-performing undergraduate at the end of the second year of study, £120
  • James Gay Prize: Distinguished performance in FPE or FHS, £300 altogether between Kington Oliphant, James Gay, and Martin Wright
  • Kington Oliphant (History) Prize: Distinguished performance in FPE or FHS, £300 altogether between Kington Oliphant, James Gay, and Martin Wright
  • Roger Hall (History) Prize: Performance in History or science subjects (awarded in rotation with science), £75


  • A.V. Dicey Prize: Awarded to a graduating Law student who has achieved the best overall performance over the undergraduate law degree, £250
  • Archibald McDougall Law Prize: Best Finals student in Law and proxime accessit, £350 and £150 (two prizes)
  • Jenkyns (Law) Prize: Best long vacation essay, £300
  • Lord Rodger of Earlsferry Prize: Best performance in A Roman Introduction to Private Law, £100
  • Paton Studentship: Performance in FHS, £220 or more
  • Younger Prize: Long vacation essay showing the greatest improvement, £75


  • Prosser (Mathematics and Joint School) Prize: Performance in Mathematics, £100 and £50 (two prizes)


  • Samuel Dubner (Medical and Biomedical Sciences) Prize: Highest mark in FHS,    £250
  • Periam Prize: Performance in Medical Sciences, £100
  • Wurtman Prize: Best oral presentation of a dissertation in the FHS of Medical Sciences, £75


  • Brassey Prize: Best essay in a modern foreign language on approved subject by a final-year undergraduate, £75


  • Ernest Walker Prize: Outstanding philosophy essays written during first-year long vacation, either one prize of £150, two prizes of £110, or three prizes of £75


  • Ken Allen Prize: Best experimental record (one first-, one second- and one third-year), £100 each (three prizes)
  • Conroy (Physics and PhysPhil) Prize: Performance in Physics subjects, £175


  • GDH Cole Prize: Essays on approved subjects in Economics and Politics, £75
  • James Hall Prize: Essays on approved subjects in Politics, £100
  • Thomas Balogh Prize: Best set of essays by a 2nd-year undergraduate on Macroeconomics, £75
  • Jenkyns (PPE) Prize: Best performance in mock schools, £75 and £50 (two prizes)
  • Samuel Dubner (PPE) Prize: Students who have worked hard and achieved excellent marks, £250


  • Conroy (Science Subjects) Prize: Performance in science, £50
  • Frazer Prize: Performance in science by an undergraduate from Winchester College, £200
Amount awarded: 

£50 to £250, depending on the terms of the prize.

How and when to apply: 

No application is necessary. Prizes will be awarded based on tutor recommendations. If you think you might be eligible, please contact your tutor.

Further information: 

Rules for all College prizes:

  • Examiners are empowered to divide the prizes. In any year in which there are no candidates of sufficient merit the examiners may decide not to award the prize or to award a prize of lesser value.

For more information about prizes, please contact the Student Finance Officer.