The Beinecke Scholarship


The Beinecke Scholarship is a graduate scholarship awarded to applicants in their junior year of college. Candidates should aspire to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences after they complete their undergraduate degree. (The award is not intended to fund students planning to acquire professional degrees in law, education, architecture, or business that emphasize practical analysis over theory and research).  In addition to academic merit, candidates must also demonstrate financial need (by having qualified for some form of need-based financial aid as an undergraduate).

The University of Connecticut is proud to be one of a select number of institutions invited to nominate one candidate each year to compete at the national level for this prestigious award.  Beinecke Scholars receive $30,000 to fund their graduate education as well as an additional $4,000 immediately to offset the costs associated with applying to graduate school, including travel.  The award, which is broken into two $15,000 payments, must be used within the five year period following graduation, although students who receive other lucrative fellowships (e.g., the NSF-GRFP, Ford, Rhodes, Gates-Cambridge, etc.) are allowed to postpone receipt of the Beinecke until the Scholar has completed those programs.

For more information about the award, eligibility and Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke, for whom the program is named, visit  The current Program Announcement may be found here.



Prospective candidates should contact Vin Moscardelli, Director of the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships, early in the fall semester of their junior year to review eligibility and application requirements and processes.  The Foundation deadline is 5:00PM (EST) on the second Wednesday of February (February 8, 2023).