Beinecke Scholarship Program

The Beinecke Scholarship Program 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. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 628 college juniors from more than 110 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.  The program especially seeks to support students interested in pursuing research careers in the humanities and social sciences or original work in the creative and performing arts.


To be eligible for a Beinecke 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. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree.
  • 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. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. Each nominated student will be required to complete a Financial Aid 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.


Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 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 graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.


Applicants for Beinecke Scholarships are required to have GW nomination; the campus nomination process is administered by the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research. Each year, GW may nominate only one student.

Students seeking GW nomination for the Beinecke Scholarship are required to submit a complete application through CUFR's InfoReady portal.  That application includes:

  1. Beinecke Application Form
  2. Personal Statement of no more than 1000 words
  3. Financial Aid Data Sheet
  4. Unofficial GW transcript (issued by the Student Services Hub; no GWeb-based transcripts please)
  5. Three (3) academic letters of recommendation



To be considered for nomination, a complete application must have been submitted to the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research through its application portal by mid-November (the dates change slightly every year). You can find this year's deadline listed in the application portal. 

The application from the GW nominee is due at the Beinecke Foundation by the second Wednesday of February.

To discuss this opportunity, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kristin Luck from Libraries and Academic Innovation. You can also reach Dr. Luck at


Class Year

  • Junior


  • Arts
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • International Affairs
  • Public Affairs/Government
  • Social Sciences


  • English


  • Other

Program Type

  • Graduate Study


  • North America

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