Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship funds graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences for college juniors with financial need.

2020-2021 Deadlines:

Internal deadline: January 22, 2021

National deadline: February 10, 2021


The Beinecke Scholarship Program was created to encourage students of exceptional promise to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Scholars receive $30,000 of funding for graduate school, plus $4,000 prior to graduate school for application and interview expenses. 


In order to be eligible, a student must:

- have a strong record of academic achievement and intellectual promise

- be enrolled as a junior during the academic year in which they apply

- plan to enter a master's or doctoral program in the arts, humanities, or social sciences

- be a U.S. citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

- have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid

Nomination Process:

Oxy may nominate one junior each year for the Beinecke Scholarship. In order to be considered for Oxy nomination, please email the following four materials as individual PDFs to by 11:59pm on January 22, 2021. Label each file with your name (e.g., lastname_firstname_personalstatement).

- a personal statement (max 1,000 words) describing your background, interests, plans for graduate study, and career aspirations

- a current resume

- an unofficial transcript

- a statement signed by you affirming that you are receiving need-based financial aid from Oxy

Please also ask three faculty members to write a letter of recommendation for you and to email their recommendations to by January 22, 2021.