Beinecke Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: January 17, 2019

Open to: Juniors               
Award Type: Academic
Area(s) of study: Arts, humanities, social sciences
Award criteria: Academic achievement
Award provides: Funding for up to five years of graduate study, with a small grant to the recipient during senior year to use as the recipient sees fit.
Open to international students: No

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Plan to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities, or social sciences*
  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise
  • Have a documented history of eligibility for need-based financial aid

The Beinecke Foundation seeks 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 (research-based or creative practice master's or PhD).

Successful candidates have an outstanding GPA, a commitment to the academic project and demonstrated potential for excellence in graduate study, and other indicators of substantive intellectual accomplishment beyond good grades (research awards, departmental awards, independent research, publications, etc). For more information, visit

Application Components:

  • Application form
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • Résumé

If you are interested in applying, download the application procedures and make an appointment with a National Scholarships and Fellowships Program advisor.

We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application. Applicants may not apply directly, but must secure institutional nomination through our office.

* Students concentrating in natural science-focused subfields of the Social Sciences, for example, Human Biology and Anthropology in the Anthropology Department, will be less competitive as Beinecke applicants. Graduate programs in neuroscience are not supported.