Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship Program, established in 1971, seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Each year approximately 100 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship. Each school invited to participate in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year. Twenty scholarships will be awarded in 2014.

The initial award of $4,000 is intended to offset the costs associated with the graduate application process and to pay for travel expenses directly related to the start of graduated school. While in graduate school, a Beinecke Scholar will receive an additional $30,000 in support. These funds are awarded as a supplement to support provided by the graduate school and the award may be spread over up to five years to comply with institutional limits on the total amount of a student's annual award. In the absence of institutional support or limits, scholars may receive a maximum award of $15,000 per year. These funds are sent directly to the financial aid officer of the institution where the student is enrolled and disbursed in accordance with the scholarship policy of the academic institution. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduated study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.


  • Nominees must be US citizens or US nationals.
  • Nominees must be a college junior pursuing a bachelor's degree during the 2012-2013 academic year.
  • Nominees must plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences.
  • Nominees must have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years.


Applications are submitted in hard copy to the Office of Distinguished Fellowships. The application includes:

  • Application form
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement of 1,000 words or less
  • Nomination letter
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty members
  • Official transcript
  • Certification of Eligibility Form, completed by the Office of Distinguished Fellowships
  • Financial Data Sheet, completed by a financial aid officer

In awarding scholarships, the Foundation will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees.


The Office of Distinguished Fellowships will review all applications and nominate one candidate for consideration by the Sperry Foundation which administers the Beinecke Scholarship. Application materials are due to the Office of Distinguished Fellowships by February 3, 2019. Applications are due to the Sperry Foundation on February 13, 2019.


Arthur D. Casciato, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Distinguished Fellowships
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey