Beinecke Scholarship

About the Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship Program awards funding to support the graduate education of exceptionally promising students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Students must apply for the Beinecke Scholarship during their junior year.

Twenty scholarships are awarded each year to students from participating universities who have received need-based financial aid. Graduate scholarships may be used in the US or abroad and may be supplemented with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible after college graduation and must use all funds within five years of undergraduate graduation. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. In the absence of institutional support or limits, scholars may receive a maximum award of $15,000 per year.

The scholarship was established by the The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke.


Beinecke Scholarship applicants must:

  • Have demonstrated superior intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise as an undergraduate.
  • Currently be a college junior pursuing a bachelor's degree.
  • Plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Social Science students planning graduate study in neuroscience are not eligible.
  • Be U.S. citizens or a U.S. nationals from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have a documented history of need-based financial aid through institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid as an undergraduate. An institutional financial aid officer must certify that the student meets this criterion. In the selection process, the amount of financial need will not be a major determining factor. Nevertheless, preference is given to candidates for whom this scholarship would increase the likelihood of being able to attend graduate school.

Application Process

Dartmouth can nominate one junior each year for a Beinecke Scholarship. To learn relevant deadlines and how to apply for nomination, please see our Canvas site