Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship provides funding ($30,000 for graduate school, $4,000 immediately) for exceptional juniors pursuing graduate school in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Eligibility is limited to juniors who are U.S. citizens who have a demonstrated history of receiving financial need during their undergraduate years, with a strog preference for Pell Grant recipients. Applicants should apply in fall of junior year. Requires university nomination.


An applicant must:

  • Demonstrate superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement (3.8+ GPA), and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Be a current junior.
  • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences on the way to an academic career.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. (Applicants might also be considered who would have been eligible for need-based financial aid had they not received merit-based financial aid.)

Link to Official Website

When to apply

Students should begin the application process in Fall of junior year.

Next Steps

If you are interested in applying for the Beinecke Scholarship, please complete the Beinecke Pre-Application. A CUSE advisor will then be in touch once your pre-application has been reviewed. (Note that this is separate from the general CUSE Pre-Application for Post-Graduate Fellowships).