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Beinecke Scholarship

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The Beinecke Scholarship has no geographical limitations and aims to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. You could receive up to $34,000 in funding for graduate studies!


Demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise
Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor's degree during the academic year. "Junior" means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December and August after their application.
Plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience should not apply for a Beinecke Scholarship.
Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years.

Terms of Award:

Each scholar receives $ immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $ while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduated study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

Please Submit:

Materials that must be submitted to the University Fellowships Office:

Completed application form
Current resume
Unofficial transcript (the student selected to go forward will need to provide an official transcript)
Personal statement of 1,000 words or less from the nominee describing his or her background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations.
Three letters of recommendation from faculty members that assess the nominee's intellectual curiosity, character and potential for advanced graduate study. These must be hard copies, on letterhead and physically signed.
Financial Data Sheet completed by a financial aid officer certifying that the student qualifies for need-based financial aid. You can secure the forms on the Beinecke website - Financial Aid can fill out the Financial Data Sheet.

For more information: Tanya Furman, PhD
Interim Director of University Fellowships Office

Online Application: