Beinecke Scholarship

Is it for you?

The program encourages and enables highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available and be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school as a full-time student. 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 must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

What are the key dates?

Information Session: TBD for 2023 (normally early January)

JHU campus deadline: TBD for 2023 (normally late January)

To be considered for nomination by JHU, please submit the following application materials to nfp@jhu.edu by the campus deadline:

  • Personal/research statement (1000 words)
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Completed PDF Document: financial aid sheet (from Beinecke website)
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Official deadline: ​TBD for 2023 (normally early February) – for JHU nominee to submit final application in national competition

Are you eligible?

Candidates for the Beinecke Scholarship must:

  • be a US citizen or US national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree. A junior during the 2021–2022 school year is a student who expects to graduate between December 2022and August 2023.
  • have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • 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; nor should students applying for professional degrees that emphasize skills and practical analysis such as business, law, public health, public policy, and social work.
  • 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. 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.

How do you work with the NFP?

JHU nomination is required through a campus selection process (JHU may nominate one candidate). Beinecke applicants work closely with us through the duration of the application process.

The timeline gives an overview of the application process. Your first step is to contact the NFP by emailing or attending office hours. In preparation, have a closer look below for more resources to learn about the Beinecke.

December – January Contact NFP; begin working on application essay and gathering other application materials (e.g. recommendations)
late January Meet JHU campus deadline; JHU may nominate 1 candidate
early – mid-February Revise application (for nominee)
mid-February Meet Beinecke official deadline

Are you competitive?

Up to 20 scholarships are awarded each year. One student at JHU is selected as our nominee for the national competition. Applicants must submit by the campus deadline the following materials to a campus committee for review: 1,000-word personal statement, one to two-page résumé, application form*, financial data form*, official transcript/s, and three letters of recommendation. Nomination materials and forms are available on the Beinecke Scholarship website.

Selection decisions (both on-campus and at the national level) are based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record: A high GPA (generally 3.7+) and class rank (top 10%) are expected.
  • Personal statement: This essay of 1,000 words or less should describe the nominee’s background, interests, plans for graduate study, and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans, and aspirations.
  • Letters of recommendation: A strong letter should come from a professor who knows you well and focuses on a candidate’s intellectual curiosity, strength of character, and potential for advanced graduate study.
  • Financial need: The amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered during the selection process, with preference 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.

Have a closer look:

Visit the Official Website

The Beinecke Scholarship, Sperry Fund