Downing elects into scholarships junior members who have obtained First Class Honours in any University or College examination.

Scholars of the College are rewarded financially; they are admitted formally to their scholarships at a special ceremony in the Michaelmas Term following their election, and they are invited to certain College feasts and other special occasions.

Scholarships may be awarded from any of the following funds:

  • Alumni (any subject)
  • Buchanan (Arts)
  • Christopher Bartram (English)
  • Edward G Blankenship (Architecture)
  • Gamlingay (History, Theology)
  • Goodey (Engineering)
  • Graystone (Science)
  • Harris (Law)
  • Hopkins Parry (Law)
  • Jan Hruska (Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine)
  • Jarvis (Law)
  • John H Morrison OBE (Law)
  • John Whitworth (Geography, Natural Sciences - Chemistry)
  • K Wilsey and K Lerch (Law)
  • Landrum and Brown (Architecture, Classics, Economics, Geography, HSPS, Linguistics, Modern Languages)
  • Richmond (History)
  • Saint (Engineering, Land Economy, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine)
  • Saunders (English, Law, Natural Sciences)
  • Seton (Law)
  • Seton Cavendish (any subject)
  • Unwin (Mathematics, Natural Sciences - Physical)
  • Whitby (any subject).

Valuable scholarships worth up to £1,000 per annum for three years are available to those graduating in Law, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine to help them prepare for these professions.

These scholarships are awarded to those achieving First Class Honours in at least one of their Tripos examinations.

Scholarships

Up to four Pilley Scholarships of £200 are offered every year to those who have shown proficiency in University examinations and who have also displayed good influence and qualities of leadership in the College through participation in College team sports.  Applications must be submitted online by Tuesday 9 May 2017.  For further details, please view the scholarship informationThe 2017 competition is now closed for applications.

Up to two Judy C Petty Scholarships of £200 are offered every year to Downing undergraduates who have made an outstanding contribution to Music and the Arts whilst at Cambridge. This award is generously funded by Edward G. Blankenship.  Applications must be submitted online by Tuesday 9 May 2017.  For further details, please view the scholarship informationThe 2017 competition is now closed for applications.

Glynn Jones Scholarships up to the value of £10,000 are offered to selected Downing graduates wishing to undertake management or business courses, at Cambridge University as well as other institutions in this country or abroad, which will further their careers in these fields.  Applications must be submitted online by Friday 2 June 2017.  For further details, please view the Scholarship information and competition rulesThe 2017 competition is now closed for applications.

Prizes

College book prizes (worth from £100 to £140) are awarded to all junior members who obtain First Class Honours or a distinction in University or College examinations; these prizes are normally awarded in the form of gift cards.

The Association Prize, to the value of £300, is awarded annually to the most distinguished candidate in a final year Tripos examination.

The Whalley-Tooker Prize, to the value of £300, is awarded annually to the most distinguished candidate in a penultimate year Tripos examination.

Prizes for Especial Distinction, to the value of £100, are awarded to those placed in the top 2.5 per cent of a University Class List.

A Chapel Reading Prize of £100 is awarded annually to a student who has made a valued contribution to the liturgical life of the Chapel.

Three John Treherne Prizes of £500, £250 and £100 respectively, are offered every year for creative writing by undergraduate members of Downing College. The Prizes are named after the late Dr John Treherne, a Fellow of the College for many years, who died in 1989. Prizes are awarded for works of poetry, autobiography or fiction. Entries should not be longer than 3,000 words. Entries including more than one genre or more than one poem are welcomed as long as the overall submission does not exceed 3,000 words. The entries will be judged by a Committee of Fellows. Prizes will only be awarded for work which is judged to be of sufficient merit.  Applications must be submitted online by Friday 12 May 2017.  For further details, please view the prize information and competition guidelinesThe 2017 competition is now closed for applications.

The Alcan Prize of £300 is awarded to the most successful undergraduate student in their penultimate year studying Natural Sciences (Physical), Engineering, Computer Science or Applied Mathematics.

The B J Everitt Prize of £200 is awarded to an undergraduate achieving the best performance in the areas of Psychology or Neuroscience in Part II Natural Sciences.

The RJ White Prize is offered each year for the best essay on any historical subject by an undergraduate of Downing College. Entries may be composed specifically for the competition or relate to existing Tripos work. They must be typed, documented where appropriate and not more than 3,000 words in length. The competition will be judged by a committee of Fellows. The Prize will only be awarded to work judged to be of sufficient merit. The value of the Prize is currently £200.  Applications must be submitted online by Friday 12 May 2017.  For further details, please view the prize information and competition guidelinesThe 2017 competition is now closed for applications.

The Harrison Prize is awarded each year for an outstanding Dissertation describing practical work in a Biological Subject carried out by a Downing undergraduate in their final year. The prize is endowed by the late Professor Sir Richard Harrison MD FRS, a former Honorary Fellow of the College and Professor of Anatomy in the University. Applicants for the prize are invited to supply an electronic copy of any dissertation to be submitted as part of this year’s practical requirement (please note that BBS Dissertations are not eligible).  The Dissertation will then be considered by a panel of Biological Fellows at Downing. A reference from each applicant’s Project Supervisor is also required. The value of the prize is £100.  Applications must be submitted online by Friday 12 May 2017.  For further details, please view the prize informationThe 2017 competition is now closed for applications.

The Florence and David Jacobs Memorial Prize of £250 is awarded each year to a Postgraduate student undertaking medical research. The award of the prize is conditional upon the recipient being a current member of Downing College.  Applications must be submitted online by Wednesday 31 May 2017.  For further details, please view the prize informationThe 2017 competition is now closed for applications.

The Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Twining Egginton Prize of £300 (winning entry) and two prizes of £100 (second and third placed entries) is awarded each year to any current undergraduate or graduate member who have excelled in Fine Arts.  Applications must be submitted online by Friday 28 April 2017.  Physical entries must also be handed in to the Tutorial and Admissions Office before 12.00 noon on Friday 28 April 2017 with a completed entry form (one per submission).  For further details, please view the prize information and 2016 competition winning entriesThe 2017 competition is now closed for applications.

The Geoffrey Grimmett Mathematics Prize of £200 is awarded to the best Part II performance in Mathematics.

The S M and H Haniff Prize for Physics of £250 is awarded to the best Part II or Part III performance in Natural Sciences: Physics.

The Harold Hargreaves Chemistry Prize of £200 is awarded to the best Part II performance in Natural Sciences (Chemistry).

The Peter Matthias Prize for Economics of £300 is awarded to the best Part IIA performance in Economics.

The Alfred Monk F R Leavis Prize of £300 is awarded to an English student in any year who has performed exceptionally well.

The Barry Moore Prize for Economics of £300 is awarded to the best Part IIB performance in Economics.

The Anne Rose Miller Robson Prize of £250 is to be awarded to the student with the best performance in any year and in any area of Electronics.

The Blankenship John H Morrison OBE Prize is awarded to Downing students that have received a First in Law.

The Gabriel Oon Chong Jin Prize will be awarded to Downing undergraduates who achieve both a Blue or Half Blue colour in sport and a first class degree in any academic discipline.