The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Beinecke Scholarship

Apply through Reed Fellowships and Awards Committee

Internal Deadline: January 18th, 2023 at 12:00 PM

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Beinecke Scholars receive $5,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending 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 on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. With this program, the Beinecke program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study.


Applicants must:

  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2022-23 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2023 and August 2024.
  • Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Plan to enter a research-focused master’s or doctoral program or MFA 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; nor should students applying for professional degrees that emphasize skills and practical analysis such as business, law, public health, public policy, and social work.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years, with a strong preference for Pell Grant recipients. Each nominated student will be required to complete a Financial Aid Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion. During the selection process, the amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student’s being able to attend graduate school.

Selection Criteria

The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Applicants must have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during their undergraduate career. The level of financial need (as described above in the Eligibility section) is also a factor considered by the Beinecke Scholarship Program.

Reed's Fellowships and Awards Committee will nominate up to one candidate to compete for the Beinecke award at the national level each year. The Beinecke Scholarship Program will select up to 20 scholars annually from a pool of up to 135 nominees.

Application Procedure

This scholarship requires Reed College to nominate up to one applicant each year. The Center for Life Beyond Reed, working with the registrar and director of financial aid, sends a notice by email to those students who potentially meet the eligibility requirements each year. Prospective applicants can find the internal application instructions on our website. Please contact CLBR with any questions.