Beinecke Scholarship now Accepting Applications

Beinecke Scholarship for juniors in arts, humanities & social science fields

The Beinecke Scholarship [] seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and to be courageous in their selection of graduate programs. The scholarship provides $35,000 for a research-focused master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences to juniors (based on graduation date) who have financial need.

Nomination required. Please use the campus application noted below to apply for UW nomination. Students from all 3 campuses are welcome to apply for nomination.

UW application deadline: Jan. 5, 2023, 11:59pm

UW application and nomination information:

UW online application form:

Questions? Concerns? Contact: Robin Chang,, in the UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.

Scholarship & Application Benefits:

If you are considering graduate studies in an arts, humanities or social science field, have a passion for that field, and financial need, consider applying! In addition to being considered for the scholarship, you can use this scholarship application process as a helpful way to get well ahead of the game in preparing for grad school apps!

The financial benefits the scholarship provides include:

$5,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and

$30,000 while attending graduate school.

The scholarship can be used at any accredited school in the US or abroad, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants.


To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during their undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2022-2023 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2023 and August 2024.
  • Plan to enter a research-focused 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. Also, students who plan to pursue professional school programs that emphasize skills and practical analysis over theory and research (such as law, business, education, architecture, journalism, clinical psychology, social work, etc.), are not competitive for selection at the national level.
  • 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 their undergraduate years, with a preference for Pell Grant recipients. Other 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.

Please feel free to contact Robin Chang in the UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (, 206-543-2603) with questions or concerns, and please find additional details at and [].