The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Beinecke Internal Application Instructions

The Beinecke Scholarship provides recipients with $35,000 in support of full-time graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Students of promise with demonstrated financial need apply during their junior year and will receive the funding upon commencing their graduate study. There are no geographic restrictions and funding can be used anywhere in the U.S. or world.

As a program for which Reed College plays an endorsing role, there is a two-tiered application process for the Beinecke. The first stage is to apply to the Reed Faculty Committee on Fellowships and Awards. If your application is endorsed by the committee, you would then complete the application process directly with the Beinecke program administrators.

Internal Application Deadline

January 18th, 2023 at 12:00 PM noon, Pacific Time

Applications Steps

Please complete all of the following steps to apply to be nominated by the college for this award.

Application Materials

Please send PDF versions of the following items in one email to by the internal application deadline:

  1. Completed Application Form (download the form from the Beinecke website)

  2. Current resume or C.V.

  3. A statement of 1,000 words or less devoted to describing your research or creative interests for graduate study and career aspirations beyond these studies. The statement should also include a discussion of the most relevant academic, professional, extracurricular, and personal experiences that have influenced or shaped your interests and plans.

  4. A PDF copy of your Reed transcript. If any college courses taken elsewhere are not available on your Reed transcript, please include them with your application.

Letters of Recommendation

Three internal letters of recommendation are required from faculty members who can assess your intellectual curiosity, character, and potential for advanced graduate study. These should be sent via email to and are due by the internal application deadline.


You will need to complete this online waiver form as the final step in submitting your internal application.

Waiver Form

Applicants submitting application materials by email will generally receive a confirmation within twenty-four hours. If you do not receive a confirmation during this time, please follow up with the Center for Life Beyond Reed at to ensure that the application was successfully submitted.

Next Steps

The faculty fellowships and awards committee will review applications early the following week. You'll hear about the status of your application within a few days of decisions being made.

If you are nominated, please make use of your advisors (CLBR, faculty liaison for this award, and other trusted advisors) to obtain feedback on your application materials. All final documents, including formal letters of reference, will need to be sent to prior to the national deadline so that CLBR staff can submit your final application on your behalf.

If you are planning to pursue an MFA degree you must also submit an artist’s supplement of up to 5 pages of original work as part of your final application. You will also need to work with the faculty liaison for this award, as they will need to write an endorsement letter for you on behalf of the college.

If you have any questions about the process or this award, please let us know.

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