The Horobin Sports Awards

The Horobin Sports Awards are made to postgraduate students of any gender, in any subject, working towards any postgraduate-level qualification of the University of Cambridge, who are of international standard in any sport. In cases of doubt, the College will take advice on the international level of applicants’ sporting achievement from experts nominated by the College on the advice of the University of Cambridge’s Director of Sport. Two £5,000 awards will be made. Homerton also has a fund to which College athletes can apply for support towards the additional costs of participating in sport - which might include costs of personal equipment, travel, and attendance at training camps.

To be considered for an Award, you must:

  • Have been made an offer by the University of Cambridge of a place on a postgraduate course, and been accepted by Homerton College for membership.
  • Write to Dr Melanie Keene, Graduate Tutor, indicating your wish to be considered for an Award, including a short statement (one page of A4) detailing your international-level sporting achievements. A copy of your statement should also be copied to Kelly Collinwood, Graduate Administrator.
  • The deadline for applications has passed for this year. Details of forthcoming competitions will be announced in the near future.



Our award holders

In 2019-20 the Horobin Sports Awards were made to Mr Dave Bell, studying for a PhD in Education, and Ms Mary Carson, studying for an MPhil in Critical Approaches to Children's Literature.

In 2017-18 the Horobin Award was made to Ms Olivia Coffey, studying for an MBA at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

In 2016-17 the Horobin Award was made to Ms Alice White, studying for an MPhil in Basic & Translational Neuroscience.

In 2015-16 the Horobin Award was made to Ms Caroline Habjan, studying for an MPhil in Medical Sciences. Caroline worked towards uncovering therapeutic options for patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

The first Horobin Award was made in 2014-15 to Ms Daphne Martschenko. Daphne studied for an MPhil in Politics, Development and Democratic Education as a member of Homerton, and continued to a PhD at Magdalene College. She rowed for Cambridge in the 2015 Boat Race – the first year that the women’s boats competed on the Championship Course on the same day as the men’s race.

  Photo: Caroline Habjan pictured at the British Rowing Senior Championships, second rower from front

“The Horobin Award has afforded me the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment with world class instructors, a rich cultural history and diversity, and many avenues for personal discovery. Homerton College has provided me with boundless social and intellectual support, which has helped me achieve academically and athletically, while making this journey both enjoyable and unforgettable. I am so thankful for this award and this opportunity, and I am very excited by the fact that other women will be given this opportunity in the future!”

Caroline Habjan
Second holder of the Horobin Award.


John Horobin

 Painting: John Horobin

Women’s sport is part of Homerton’s tradition. The award is named after John Horobin, Principal of Homerton from 1889-1902, who first established a women’s rowing club at Homerton. It was also Horobin who moved Homerton College from Homerton High Street, London, to Cambridge in 1894.