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Gonville and Caius College


Lady Colyton has endowed a prize of £5,000 a year at Gonville and Caius College, for an essay of between 3,000 and 6,000 words on a topic in Political Thought. The aims of the Prize are to encourage the study of Political Thought and to promote the evolution of political ideals. Those eligible for the Prize will be all Cambridge students registered for an undergraduate degree, a Master's Degree, or a Ph.D. Degree in the year in which the Prize is advertised, and all Cambridge graduates under the age of thirty at the time of the advertisement.

All essays must be written in English. Ten typed copies must be submitted with a completed application form by 1 October 2001. The Prize winner will be announced and the Prize awarded towards the end of December 2001.

The subjects for the essay will be topics (set each year) on the formation, the influence, and the future of political ideas (including the role of individual politicians and the conduct of political parties). Candidates are encouraged to bear in mind the values of the traditional English essay, in which powerfully persuasive arguments and clear personal views are valued as much as detailed scholarship. This year candidates are invited to discuss how best to entrench the legal, political, and philosophical foundations of a free society, with particular reference to: 1. British sovereignty; 2. The British parliamentary system; or 3. British heritage.

All essays must be submitted to the Master of Gonville and Caius College. All requests for application forms and all other enquiries must be addressed to the Master's Secretary, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, CB2 1TA. Essays received after the closing date will not be accepted. On all questions of eligibility and acceptability the Master's decision will be final.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 20 Month 2001
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