Theron Rockwell Field and the John Addison Porter prize competitions

View the winners of the 2018 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 and/or principles 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.

How to submit/Requirements

  • Entries must be submitted in both hard copy and electronic form. The final submission date for graduate and professional students’ entries is March 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The 2019 submission date for Yale College students’ entries is April 26.
    Delivery for hard copy submissions:
    Campus Address: Office of the Secretary, 1 Prospect Street, Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona, Suite 102, New Haven, CT 06511
    Mailing Address: Yale Office of the Secretary
    Porter & Field Prize Competitions
    Post Office Box 208230
    New Haven, CT 06520-8230
    FedEx, UPS:

    Yale Office of the Secretary
    Porter & Field Prize Competitions                                        1 Prospect Street, Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona, Suite 102,                                                                                    New Haven, CT 06511

    Delivery for electronic submissions:

    Send via email to Files too large to be emailed may be sent via the University’s File Transfer Service or the Box at Yale program by including “shared” or “public” links in the body of an email to the Porter and Field Prizes email account.

  • Entries must include an application form. A copy of your application must be included with both your hard copy and electronic submissions. Download an application.
  • Hard copy entries must be bound. Loose sheets or pages that have been stapled together will not be accepted. See binding guidelines
  • Entries should be accompanied by a separate one-page summary, written in non-technical language for an intelligent but non-expert reader.
  • An optional letter supporting the submission may be sent, as appropriate, by a faculty advisor, director of undergraduate studies, director of graduate studies, chair of department. Students are responsible for soliciting the letter. Supporters should write an email to the judges at
  • Works submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English-language translation.
  • If you would like your submission returned after the competition, attach to your application a stamped, self-addressed envelope, with postage appropriate to the size and weight of your submission.