This prize is in commemoration of the late Mr. H.R. Cheeseman, CMG, former Director of Education of the Federation of  Malaya.
The prize shall take the form of cash awards funded by the interest gained from the Cheeseman Prize Endowment Fund.
The awards approved by the Senate are as follows:
(1) First Prize RM1,500.00
(2) Second Prize RM1000.00
(3) Third Prize RM600.00
(4) Consolation Prizes of RM200.00 each
In addition, a Certificate of Appreciation will be given to each prize winner of the Cheeseman Prize English Essay Writing Competition.
The prizes shall be awarded on the basis of a competition held annually. The competition shall be run by a Managing Committee appointed by the Senate. A Professor from the Department of English shall chair the Managing Committee. In the absence of a Professor, the Head of the Department of English shall chair the committee.
The competition will be held in the Second Semester of each Academic Session.
The competition is open only to students registered for a Bachelor’s Degree or Foundation Studies at the University of Malaya.
The Managing Committee of the Cheeseman Prize English Essay Writing Competition will provide a list of essay titles in English with a Malaysian focus and participants will be required to write an essay in English on one of the listed titles on the date, time, place and within a duration of time that will be announced.
The essays submitted for this competition will not be returned to participants.
If the panel of judges decides that no essay is of sufficient merit, no prizes will be awarded in that particular year.
The decision made by the panel of judges is final