Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship provides $34,000 to support graduate education for approximately 20 third-year students (juniors) each year. Selected scholars receive $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and the remaining funds are distributed over a 2-5 year period while the recipient completes graduate studies in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Applicants should be able to demonstrate superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise.

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You must meet the following eligibility requirements to apply for the Beinecke Scholarship:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have third-year (junior) student standing in the current academic year and plan to receive a baccalaureate degree in the next academic year between December and August.
  • Have a documented history of receiving — or being eligible to receive — need-based financial aid during undergraduate enrollment.
  • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences (except students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience).
  • Possess a competitive GPA (Most competitive applicants have a 3.6 GPA or higher).
  • Receive UNC’s endorsement through the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

Deadline to Apply for UNC Endorsement

Thursday, January 11, 2018 (5:00 pm ET)

Tips & Advice

Students interested in applying for the Beinecke Scholarship should:

  • Review the ODS “Tips & Advice” document for general advice on applying for a distinguished award.
  • Attend an ODS information session to learn more about the application process.
  • Applicants who would like feedback on their essay and resume are encouraged to submit drafts to ODS before the end of the fall semester. 

Recent Beinecke Scholarship Recipient

Phillip Alexander Caprara ’14 (2012-13)