The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Up to 20 new scholarships are awarded each year. UNC is permitted to make a single nomination each year.
Award: Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants.
Criteria: A student must have demonstrated superior standards of (1) intellectual ability, (2) scholastic achievement and (3) personal promise during his or her undergraduate career. The student must also have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered.
ODS internal deadline for endorsement: Friday, January 15, 2021 (5:00 pm ET)
Scholarship final deadline: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:
- Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the application year expecting to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2020 and August 2021.
- Plan to enter a 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.
- Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
- Have a competitive GPA, typically 3.6 or higher
- Have a documented history of receiving — or being eligible to receive — need-based financial aid during undergraduate enrollment.
How to apply for UNC endorsement
- Personal Information form
- Beinecke application form
- Current resume
- Personal statement (1,000 words or less)
- Financial aid form
- All relevant transcripts
- 3 Letters of recommendation
Resources for applicants
- Review the ODS “Tips & Advice” document for advice on applying for a distinguished award
- Thoroughly read the following Beinecke rules and guidelines:
- ODS information sessions and prep-shops
- Schedule a meeting with the ODS director to discuss your application and receive advice to consider as you prepare for the endorsement deadline. Non-local applicants may schedule meetings via Skype or phone.