The Chaplaincy Prize

This prize has been established through the generous donation of monies received through the University of St Andrews American Foundation.  Awarded each year, the prize will be open to all current students at the University of St Andrews and based around a particular theme for an original piece of creative work or essay.

The theme for the 2023/24 award will be ‘Crossing Cultures

Prize award: £250
This year’s theme reflects so much that matters in a university.  It’s a place of different ideas, approaches and convictions.  We come from a variety of cultures, even in our own family.  We come across people we’ve never met before, with experiences so different from our own.  Our faith and spirituality is exposed to other beliefs and traditions.  We change during our time in St Andrews – we may even cross cultures.

What we are looking for is one of the following:

  • An essay (750 words maximum)
  • A piece of poetry, hymn, song, or a short story  (750 words maximum)
  • A focussed/practical project, which is documented and reported (750 words maximum).

It must:

  • clearly reflect the theme of ‘Crossing Cultures
  • contain a faith/spiritual element or show spiritual growth/change.

Other optional elements:

  • Your entry can include mixed media, such as photos/images (10 max) or video content (5 minutes max).
  • It can be a short report or piece of written work on something you have already been working on during your studies or over the summer break.

The winners will be decided by a committee formed from our team of Honorary Chaplains, convened by the Chaplain, who will assess applications and choose a prize-winner.

To enter, submit your entry directly by email attachment in either Word or PDF format, to or in person to the Chaplaincy, Mansefield,3 St Mary’s Place, St Andrews.

Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday 31 January 2024.