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Prizes and Travel Grants for Polish Studies


Cambridge Polish Studies works with various sponsors to reward students of Polish literature, language, culture and history for academic and creative excellence. We also aim to provide opportunities for students to spend time in Poland.

Cambridge Polish Studies offers several prizes to students.

Travel Grants

All students of Polish literature, language and culture at Cambridge are eligible to apply for small discretionary grants towards the costs of travel to Poland for research or study purposes. Please write to Dr Stanley Bill with inquiries:

The University of Warsaw Prize for Literary Translation

An annual competition for best translation of a poem from Polish into English open to all students of SL13: Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture of Poland. In 2014-15, the entries were judged by eminent Polish poet, Adam Zagajewski, and acclaimed translator of Polish literature, Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

The winner was announced at the Cambridge Polish Studies event, Adam Zagajewski: An Evening of Poetry, on 28 April 2015 at Trinity College's Winstanley Lecture Theatre. The first three editions of the prize were sponsored by Talkman Language Solutions.

In 2015-16, the prize was presented by Olga Tokarczuk. In 2016-17, the prize was presented by Dorota Masłowska.

The main prize is a summer school course in Polish language and culture at the University of Warsaw, including flights, accommodation and board. The prize is sponsored by the University of Warsaw under the cooperative partnership between Cambridge and Warsaw.

The competition will be open once again to all students of SL13: Introduction to the Language, Literature and Culture of Poland in 2018-19.

List of Winners:

2014-15: Julia Wdowin

2015-16: Joss Lloyd

2016-17: Cameron Holloway

2017-18: Santi Willder

2018-19: Celia Hobbs