Field and Porter Dissertation Prizes

The Office of the Secretary administers the John Addison Porter and Theron Rockwell Field prize competitions each year, which recognize outstanding works of scholarship across the university. If you were enrolled in a degree program during any part of the current academic year, you are eligible to apply. A faculty committee reviews all submissions and prize winners are announced during Commencement.

Please refer to the Office of the Secretary’s prize page for eligibility information and application instructions.

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, 1889.