Grants and Prizes

New College offers a variety of grants are prizes to its current students. Some are listed below.

The Boyer Prize

The Boyer prize is awarded annually at the end of Trinity Term to the New College student with the best performance in second year (Part A) University examinations in Mathematics (including Joint Schools). The prize value is £130. There is no separate application for this prize; candidates are selected by the Warden & Tutors' Committee on the recommendation from subject tutors. 

The Colgate Literary Prize

The Colgate Literary Prize is awarded annually at the end of Trinity Term to undergraduate students in receipt of Oxford Opportunity Bursary who achieve excellence in literature in English, Classics or Modern Languages. The total value of the award is £500, and it is funded by a generous benefaction from an Old Member of the College. The award is sometimes split between two students; a runner-up receives £50 in book tokens. There is no separate application for this prize; candidates are selected by the Warden & Tutors' Committee on the recommendation from subject tutors. 

The Demuth Prize

In 1971 following a bequest from an old member, William Henry Horner Demuth (1920), the College established an annual prize for an essay on a designated scientific topic. This year’s topic is ‘Identify the greatest scientific development in your lifetime and explain its significance’.

The competition is open to all current undergraduate and postgraduate members of the college. The essay should not be more than 3000 words, excluding references and footnotes. If illustrations prove necessary, only original line drawings should be submitted. The closing date for submissions is Monday of 5th Week of Trinity Term 2017. The essay should be sent in hard copy and electronic form to the Tuition Office by the closing date.

The prize consists of £250 and the winning essay will be published in the New College Record (subject to editorial emendation). The prize will not be awarded if none of the submitted essays is deemed of sufficient quality. The prize will be awarded by the Governing Body on the recommendation of a suitably qualified assessor who will be looking for a striking and original approach to the topic which captures the imagination of the non-specialist while retaining scientific accuracy. The decision of the Governing Body will be final.

The Instrumental Award

The College proposes to elect a FIRST YEAR UNDERGRADUATE to an Instrumental Award should a candidate of sufficient merit present him or herself. The award of £300 p.a. and tenable for three years, seeks to support a gifted instrumentalist in his or her musical study. In some years more than one award may be made. Holders of the award are expected to play a leading role in the College’s musical life.

Undergraduates wishing to enter the competition should inform the Academic Registrar of their intention no later than 1 October. A detailed timetable will be issued following the receipt of applications. A competition will be held during the afternoon of Friday of Week 1.

Candidates will be expected to play a piece of instrumental solo music of between five and eight minutes’ duration. The provision of an accompanist will be the candidate’s responsibility. The minimum level of attainment will be Grade 8 (Associate Board). Any instrument encountered in conventional orchestral or chamber scores is acceptable, including the organ and piano.

Please visit the Instrumental Awards page for further information.

The Karen Thornton Memorial Prize

The Karen Thornton Memorial Prize is awarded for the best performance in Honour Moderations examination in Mathematics and Joint Schools. The prize value is £100. There is no separate application for this prize; candidates are selected by the Warden & Tutors' Committee on the recommendation from subject tutors. 

The Nick Roth Travel Award and The Morris Long Vacation Travel Grant

The Nick Roth Travel Award (worth £500) is in memory of former undergraduate, Nick Roth, who died in an accident whilst travelling in South America. The Morris Long Vacation Travel Grant (worth £1000) is generously funded by an Old Member of the College. Both awards are advertised at the beginning of Trinity Term each year, and the submission date is Monday of Week 5 of that term. 

To apply, current undergraduates are invited to submit details of a travel project which should include: destination, what the purpose of the project is, and what the academic merits of the project are. Please also include the details of your course and year of study with the application. Applications will be considered for both awards unless applicants make it clear they are applying only for one. The holders of the awards will be expected to write a report of their experiences after the trip.