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Scholarships and Prizes

Rewarding Excellence

The School of Modern Languages rewards academic excellence through a range of scholarships and prizes offered both to prospective and students.

If you are thinking about applying to Queen’s, you might be eligible for one of the following scholarships which will help you to fund your studies.

Santander Essay Competition

French Studies and Spanish and Portuguese Studies, with sponsorship from Santander Bank, run an annual Santander Essay Competition. The competition is open to all students currently studying A2 French and/or Spanish, who intend to apply for a place at Queen’s to read French and/or Spanish at Single or Joint Honours Degree level, or in combinations with Law, International Business, Economics and Accounting.

Prizes

  • 1st prize      £1000 scholarship
  • 2nd prize     £500 scholarship
  • 3rd prize      £250 scholarship

In addtition to the individual awards, the successful students will also win, for their schools, vouchers for books to support the teaching of French and/or Spanish within their school:

1st prize: £500                   2nd prize: £250               3rd prize: £125

There is also a number of Highly Commended entries which receive a book voucher to the value of £50.

For further information on the 2013-14 competition please click here.  The Entry Form to be completed by teachers is available here.

Reid-Harwood Scholarship

This scholarship was founded in 1911 by Mrs Septimus Harwood, of Sydney, New South Wales. It is awarded annually to the best student entering the School of Modern Languages who demonstrates proficiency in any two of the modern foreign languages taught in the University. The annual value of the scholarship is £800, payable to the successful candidate during his or her first, second and third years at the University. For more information click here.

The outstanding academic achievements of current undergraduates are rewarded annually at our Prize Ceremony which takes place in early July on the day of the School’s graduation ceremony.  The prizes and scholarships awarded include:

Level 1 (First year)

Queen’s Foundation Scholarships in French, Irish and Spanish

  • Awarded by the School for the best overall performance at level 1 in each of the three languages

The Insituto Camoes Prize (to be confirmed)

  • Awarded by the  School to the best performance in Portuguese at level 1, it enables the recipient of the prize to undertake a Summer Course in Portuguese at a University in Portugal.

Level 2 (Second year)

A N Troughton Award

  • Awarded by the School for the best overall performance in French Language modules at level 2

The Samuel and Sarah Ferguson Travel Prize

  • Awarded by the School for the best performance across all modules in French at level 2

Emrys Evans Book Prize

  • Awarded by the School for the highest mark in the written examination at level 2 in Irish

Donohoe Prize

  • Awarded by the School for the highest mark in the oral examination at level 2 in Irish

The Robert McCormick Travel Bursary

  • Awarded each year to level 2 students of Spanish in the School of Modern Languages whose exceptional academic performance merits recognition. The purpose of the award is to facilitate and enhance the intercultural competence of students on their year abroad in Spain.

The O'Rawe Prize

  • The specific purpose of this award is to recognise the achievements of the student at level 2 who has demonstrated the most significant academic improvement between their first year and their second year of study on the BA Spanish programme at joint honours level or above.

Level 3 (Final year)

The Richard Bales Prize

  • Awarded by the School for the best optional module performance in French at level 3

The Christopher Shorley Prize

  • Awarded by the School for the best language performance in French at level 3

Waterhouse Prize

  • Awarded by the School for the best language performance in German at level 3

Ena Hewton Prize

  • Awarded by the School for outstanding performance at level 3 in German

Swiss Council Book Prize

  • Awarded by the School for the best essay performance in German at level 3

Queen’s Foundation Scholarship in German

  • Awarded by the School for the best overall performance in German at level 3

Xavier Giralt Prize

  • Derived from funds bequeathed by the late Xavier Giralt, this prize is awarded each year to one or more final-year candidates in Spanish language, whose exceptional academic performance merits recognition.

Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies Prize (Modern Languages)

  • The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies awards an annual prize to students of Modern Languages for the best first-class performance in an individual module on an eighteenth-century topic.