Prizes & Scholarships
Scholarships and Exhibitions
Scholarships (£200 pa) and Exhibitions (£150 pa) are awarded annually to undergraduates, either for an outstanding performance in their first-year University examinations, or for exceptional work during the year.
The College holds an annual Scholars' and Exhibitioners' dinner in Hilary Term.
Sarah & Peter Harkness Prize
A £100 Prize for best Distinction-level performance in the first public examinations (Prelims/Mods), based on rankings within the class, by a Mansfield student living, and having completed 6th form studies, in Yorkshire or the North East.
Sarah & Peter Harkness Bursary
This award will be made to one student living, and having completed 6th form studies, in Yorkshire or the North East, who is studying for an undergraduate or graduate degree at Mansfield. The student will be awarded £1,000 in their first year, and £500 in each subsequent year of study. This award will be paid for as long as the student has fee-liability at the University. The recipient must be in good academic standing with the College and not be the subject of any disciplinary procedures.
The Harkness Bursary and Harkness Prize are awarded to students from Yorkshire or the North East because students from these areas are underrepresented at Oxford.
Annual Essay Prize
Applications are invited for the College Essay Prize, worth £100. Students wishing to enter for the prize should submit titles for approval to the College Office by Friday of 8th week of Hilary Term, and the completed essays must then be submitted to the College Office by Friday of 5th week of Trinity Term. The Principal will judge the prize.
Preference will be given to essays specifically written for the College Essay Prize, but sections of dissertations for Schools may also be submitted. Students should state whether or not their essay has been written specifically for the prize. The essay will have a word limit of between 2,000-5,000 words. A winner will be approved in Week 8 of Trinity Term, and a copy of the winning essay will be deposited in the College Library.
One prize (£50) is awarded per year for outstanding academic performance.
The Andrew Olive Prize in Economics (£250) is awarded to the student who achieves the best Prelims or 2nd year performance in Economics.
The Kwabena Osei-Boateng Engineering Science Prize (£200) is awarded for the best performance in Engineering Science Prelims.
Three Mason Lowance Prizes are granted: Mason Lowance Prize in memory of Malcolm Parkes, for the best performance in Mods (£150); Mason Lowance Prize in honour of John Creaser, for the best performance in English language and/or literature second year work (£150), and the Mason Lowance Prize in memory of Stephen Wall, for the best performance in Finals (£150).
There is one Henty Prize (£50) awarded for the best second year academic performance. The Henty Travel Bursary is awarded for ambitious or unusual travel. The Geography Dissertation Travel Fund makes awards to geographers undertaking dissertations outside Britain.
The Mahony Prize (£50) is awarded for the most commendable performance by a second year historian.
The Worsley Prize (£100) is awarded to a student who, in the opinion of the Fellows in Law, has managed to combine a high level of academic performance with an outstanding contribution to the life of the College.
Materials Science / MEM
A prize of £100 has been given in the name of John Sykes, Emeritus Fellow in Materials Science, to reward to reward excellent performance in Part I.
The Bob Coates Prize (£150) is awarded for academic achievement in Mathematics, based on performance in Part A or Part B of the final examinations in Mathematics and in Mathematics and Statistics.
The Adam Monk Scholarship (£150) is awarded to the student who achieves the best Distinction in Prelims for Maths or Maths and Statistics.
The Horton Davies Prize (£200) is awarded for the most commendable performance by a second year Theologian.
The Lynda Patterson Prize (£100) is awarded to a student of Theology & Religion or Philosophy & Theology to recognise outstanding performance in Prelims.
Elfan Rees Scholarship
The College awards the Elfan Rees scholarship once every four years, alternately in Theology/Religion, and Politics, tenable at Mansfield for two years. The award is made in memory of Dr Elfan Rees, who was Adviser on Refugee Affairs to the World Council of Churches on International Affairs and was Dale Lecturer at Mansfield College from 1974 to 1975.
The next award will be in 2020 in Politics, and is open to candidates who are currently studying or who will be studying at Oxford University towards a higher degree in that field from October 2020. The scholarship is conditional upon transfer to Mansfield College if the candidate is not already a member. The annual value of the Scholarship is £3,000 maintenance, paid termly in £1,000 instalments, for up to two years within fee liability.
Applicants for the DPhil/MPhil for 2020 entry need not apply separately for this award. All eligible candidates will be considered by the Department of Politics and International Relations.
Current students who wish to apply for the award should send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 April 2020:
- A letter of application, briefly indicating the funding you have available for the coming year.
- A CV
- The name of two referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted for the award.
The Grenader Family Prize is awarded each term for the best academic performance (£50). A prize of £100 is awarded at the end of each academic year for the best overall academic performance during the year.