The program motivates and allows highly motivated students to pursue opportunities accessible and be bold in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each student receives $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school as a full-time student. There are no restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and applicants are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships, and research grants. Students must make use of all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.
Eligibility Criteria/ Scholarship Guidelines
Candidates for the Beinecke Scholarship must:
A student has to be a US citizen or the US national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree. A junior during the school year is a student who will graduate in December 2019 or August 2020.
Have determined senior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
Plan to enter a research-focused master 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; nor should students applying for professional degrees that highlight skills and practical analysis such as business, law, public health, public policy, and social work.
A student should have a documented history of receiving need-based financial support during his or her undergraduate years. Primary evidence of meeting these criteria is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial support officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet which certifies that the student meets these criteria. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors taken into consideration with the choice being given to candidates for whom the granting of a scholarship would increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.