Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Who is eligible to submit to the Porter and Field prizes?

The Porter and Field Prize competitions are open to all students enrolled in Yale University for a degree.  (For 2021: graduates of Yale College in 2020 can also submit entries for consideration.)

I completed my studies in December so, I am no longer a student enrolled for degree. Am I eligible to compete in the Porter and Field prize competitions?

Yes, if you were enrolled for degree during any part of the current academic year, you are eligible to submit to the Porter and Field prize competitions. (For 2021: graduates of Yale College in 2020 can also submit entries for consideration.)

Do I need to be nominated by a professor or my department in order to apply?

No, the Porter and Field prize competitions are open to all students enrolled for degree, provided that the submissions meet the provisions of the prize indentures listed on the Porter and Field prize web page. At the request of a student, one optional letter of support may be sent by a professor for the judges attention at porterfield.prizes@yale.edu.

Application

I would like to apply for both prizes, do I need to fill out two copies of the application and provide two copies of my submission?

There is no need to submit two copies of your submission. The judges will determine whether your submission meets the requirements for the Porter Prize, the Field Prize, or both.

Submission

Can I submit a work written in a language other than English?

Yes, provided that it is accompanied by an English-language translation.

I am submitting a paper for consideration, how should I submit it?

Upload to Box at Yale. Files should be compiled in a single pdf, including an application form on page 1; a one-page non-technical summary on page 2; the entry paper on page 3.

If my dissertation has a précis that is more than one page must I re-write it?

Yes, all entries must be accompanied by a separate one-page summary that is written in non-technical language for an intelligent but non-expert reader.

Can I submit a work written by more than one author?

Yes, provided that it is represents substantial independent scholarship on your part.  You must also arrange for a faculty advisor or director of studies to attest to your substantial independent scholarship by writing to the judges at porterfield.prizes@yale.edu.

After Submission

When will I know the status of my submission and how will I know if I won?

Recipients of the Porter and Field prizes are kept confidential until Commencement day. If you have been awarded a prize and are not on campus for the commencement ceremonies, you will be notified via email.

Are the names of prize winners listed on the web?

Yes, the names of past prize winners are located on the Porter and Field prize pages on the Office of the Secretary website