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Merit Awards

These seek to reward excellence – mostly, but not exclusively, academic.

Scholarships and Exhibitions

Most of the College’s awards and prizes are decided at the end of each academic year on the basis of examination results.

  • First-year undergraduates who achieve a First in their Tripos or equivalent College exams are generally awarded a College Scholarship, currently worth £250.
  • Second, third and fourth year undergraduates who achieve a First are awarded a Foundation Scholarship, currently worth £300 p.a. and tenable until graduation.  Foundation Scholarships can also be awarded retrospectively to students in their final year.

Students continuing to graduate study at Pembroke become Foundation Award holders (worth £300 p.a.).  They retain this status until they are of MA standing.

Except when awarded retrospectively, Scholarships appear as reductions on the Michaelmas term College Bill.  Scholars still in residence may be invited to choose selected College rooms, subject to availability.


A series of prizes accompany these scholarships:

  • College Prizes of £250 are awarded to most of those who achieve Firsts in Tripos.
  • There are also special named prizes of £300 for outstanding performances in particular subjects, usually awarded to second or third year undergraduates. 
  • Foundress Prizes, also worth £300, are awarded to mark very strong First Class performances and in subjects without a ‘named’ award.

All Prizes are paid by BACS or cheque over the summer, usually in July.

Book Prizes

Book Prizes are awarded to students whose examination performance is of consistent Upper Second Class quality and includes one or more First Class papers.  Directors of Studies recommend the awarding of Book Prizes.  In an overall II.1 marks profile including no papers at II.2 or lower:

  • One First Class paper is awarded a £75 Book Prize.
  • Two or more First Class papers are awarded a £100 Book Prize.

Miscellaneous Prizes

A number of other named prizes are also awarded at the end of the academic year, most of them the result of benefactions.  These extra prizes, mostly rewarding outstanding academic results, but some reflecting contributions to other areas of college life, usually have a value of £200 and are awarded in addition to College or Named Prizes.  Award-winners are nominated by the Tutors and the Master.