George Powell Prize

The George Powell Prize may be awarded annually to a Balliol undergraduate for the best original essay in English on a set topic. The essay should not exceed 3,000 words in length and should be typed.

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

Open to all Balliol undergraduates.

Amount awarded: 


How and when to apply: 

Essay topics will be circulated by email at the start of Hilary Term, with a closing date usually in 9th week. Submissions should be made by email to the Student Finance Officer.

Further information: 

Rules for all College prizes:

  • No essay which has already won a College or University prize shall be submitted for another College prize. The closing date for all essays and poems will be indicated when advertised. Students whose status is suspended are not normally eligible to make submissions for 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.

If you have any queries about the George Powell Prize, please contact the Student Finance Officer.