Sir Raymond Beazley Prize

Up to two Sir Raymond Beazley Prizes may be awarded annually to the undergraduates who submit the best essays on topics approved by the College in any one of the following fields: International History, International Political Problems, the History of Exploration, and the History of Russia.

Essays should be between 3,500 and 4,000 words long (inclusive of footnotes and bibliography), and may cover any aspect of international history and international politics which falls within the rubrics of the following:

  • History: the FHS History papers General XIII (1914-45) and XIV (1941-73), as well as General History XVI (US History since 1863) and History of the British Isles VII (since 1900) in so far as they concern the field of international history of the twentieth century.
  • International Relations: the FHS Politics papers 214 (International Relations), 212 (International Relations in the era of the two wars) and 213 (International Relations in the era of the Cold War).
Type of award: 
Academic or academic-related
Eligibility or selection criteria: 

Current Balliol second- and third- year students in the Honour Schools of Politics and History, as well as the Joint Schools with History (History and Politics, History and Economics, History and Modern Languages, History and English, and Ancient and Modern History).

Amount awarded: 


How and when to apply: 

A call for entries will be circulated by email at the start of Hilary Term, with a closing date usually in 9th week of Hilary.

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 Sir Raymond Beazley Prize, please contact the Senior Tutor.