Beinecke Scholarship – Accepting Applications

Considering graduate studies in an arts, humanities or social science field, have a passion for that field, and financial need?  Consider applying for the Beinecke Scholarship!

The Beinecke Scholarship 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. The scholarship provides $34,000 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.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • United States citizenship. US nationals from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are also eligible.
  • College juniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2021-2022 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2022 and August 2023.
  • Demonstrated intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise.
  • 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 are not eligible.
    • Students who plan to pursue professional school programs that emphasize skills and practical analysis over theory and research (law, business, education, architecture, journalism, clinical psychology, social work, etc.) are not competitive for selection at the national level, unfortunately.
  • 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.


Scholarship & Application Benefits:

  • Use this scholarship application process as a helpful way to get well ahead of the game in preparing for grad school apps!
  • Financial benefits: the Beinecke Scholarship provides $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $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.


Students must be nominated to compete for this scholarship, so please use the campus application below to be considered for nomination. Students from all 3 campuses are welcome to apply for nomination.

 UW application deadline: Jan. 3, 2022, 11:59pm

UW application and nomination information:

UW online application:

Please feel free to contact Robin Chang in the UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (, 206-543-2603) with questions or concerns.