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 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.

Submitting your entry

The final submission date for 2020 graduate and professional students’ entries was March 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

The Porter and Field prizes will not be awarded to undergraduates in 2020.  Yale College students who are graduating in 2020 are welcome to submit student work for prize consideration in 2021.  The closing date for submissions is April 30, 2021.

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

Students graduating 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. The file name should be named: YC_LastName_FirstName (if you are a student in Yale College) or GP_LastName_FirstName (if you are a student in the graduate school or a professional school).

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, as appropriate, by a faculty advisor, director of undergraduate studies, director of graduate studies, or chair of department. Students are responsible for soliciting the letter. Supporters should write an email to the judges and send it to
  • Works submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by an English-language translation.