Funding: Beinecke Scholarship

Are you a junior interested in pursuing graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the Beinecke Scholarship ( This scholarship provides $34,000 for graduate study to juniors of exceptional ability and achievement. The UW is allowed to nominate one student per year to compete for this national award.


To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2011-2012 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2012 and August 2013.
  • 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. Professional programs (Law, Business, for example) are also not supported.
  • 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. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

To learn more about this opportunity and the campus application and nomination process, please attend the last Beinecke Scholarship Information Session:

  • Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, 12:30-1:20pm, MGH 224 Conference Room

Students unable to attend are welcome to contact me with questions or for more information.

Campus applications are due January 10, 2012. 


Additional information, application instructions and the link to the online application for the Beinecke Scholarship are available at the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards website:

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