Theron Rockwell Field and the John Addison Porter prize competitions

View the winners of the 2020 Porter and Field prize competitions here.

The Theron Rockwell Field and the John Addison Porter prize competitions are open to all students currently enrolled in Yale University for a degree. 

  • The John Addison Porter Prize is given for a written work of scholarship in any field in which it is possible, through original effort, to gather and relate facts, principles, or both, and to make the product of general human interest.  The award was established in 1872 by the Kingsley Trust Association (The Scroll and Key Society) in honor of the late Professor Porter, who received a bachelor’s degree from Yale in 1842.
  • The Theron Rockwell Field Prize is given for “a poetic, literary, or religious work” of scholarship. The award was established in 1957 by Emilia R. Field in memory of her husband, Theron Rockwell Field, 1889S.

A committee of faculty judges review all submissions. Winners of the competitions are announced on Commencement day.

Submitting your entry

Deadlines for submission of entries

  • March 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (graduate and professional students)
  • March 19, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (Yale College graduates of 2020)
  • May 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (Yale College students)

The Porter and Field prizes were not awarded to Yale College students in 2020.  Yale College students who  graduated in 2020 are welcome to submit student work for prize consideration in 2021.  

In 2021, separate prizes may be awarded to submissions from graduates of the Yale College class of 2020, in addition to prizes for submissions from students in the classes of 2021 to 2024.

Students who graduated in 2020, should include a permanent, non-Yale, email address in the prize application form.


Delivery of submissions for 2021

Files should be compiled in a single pdf and uploaded via secure link to Box at Yale. Please name the file using the appropriate format:

  • For current Yale College students, YC_LastName_FirstName 
  • For Yale College graduates of 2020, 20YC_LastName_FirstName
  • For graduate school or professional school students, GP_LastName_FirstName

Submissions should include an application form on page 1; a one-page non-technical summary on page 2; the entry paper on page 3. 

  • Each entry must include a separate one-page summary on page 2, written in non-technical language for an intelligent but non-expert reader. It should be headed “One-page non-technical summary.”
  • The entry paper (dissertation, senior paper, essay, article, etc.) should begin on page 3.
  • One optional letter supporting the submission may be sent by a faculty advisor, director of undergraduate studies, director of graduate studies, or chair of department. Students are responsible for soliciting the letter. The supporter can email the judges at
  • If the entry is written by one than more author, the student submitting the entry for prize consideration must arrange for a faculty advisor or director of graduate studies to write an email to the judges at, attesting that the entry represents substantial independent scholarship on the part of the student submitting the entry.
  • Works submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English-language translation.