The Beinecke Scholarship Program

Helena Silva-Nichols - Beinecke Scholar 2019


For graduate study in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, the Beinecke Scholarship enables highly motivated students of exceptional promise to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study.

  • Campus Deadline:  January 16, 2020, 3:00 pm. **SUBMIT EARLY: This deadline is strict.**
  • Application Workshops: October 17, 2019, 11:30am-12:30pm, and November 6, 2019, 12:30pm-1:30pm in Sweet Hall, Room 118.
  • Award:  A total of $34,000 for graduate education; $4,000 of the total may be applied to costs associated with undergraduate program of study
  • Campus liaison: Dr Jelena Batinic, Academic Advising
  • If you are interested in the Beinecke, set up an appointment with Jelena:
  • More information and application forms at: The Beinecke Scholarship national website

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nomination by Stanford through Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE)
  • A junior who is pursuing a bachelors degree during the 2019-20 academic year*
  • A major in the  Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences strongly preferred
  • A student intending to enter a master's or doctoral program in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences
  • A student with demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise
  • A US citizen or US National from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • A student in need of financial aid, and with a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during undergraduate years
    • Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is history of receiving need-based institutional, state, or federal grants-in-aid
    • Each student must complete the Beinecke Financial Data Sheet certifying that the student meets this criterion
    • The amount of financial need will be one of the factors considered during the selection process, with preference being given to candidates for whom the awarding of a scholarship would significantly increase the likelihood of the student being able to attend graduate school

*Junior status means you are continuing full-time in undergraduate study, and expect to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2020 and August 2021.

How to Apply

The following steps must be completed for an application to be considered for campus nomination:

  1. Register with Undergraduate Research to participate in the campus competition
  2. Consult with your faculty mentors and the Beinecke campus liaison regarding the content and writing of your statement of purpose
  3. Prepare an application package consisting of 5 copies each of the following:
    • Application
    • Current resume or CV
    • For the campus deadline, provide an additional longer, annotated resume or CV that provides rich details for the experiences/achievements that you list.
    • Personal statement in 1,000 words or less describing your background, interests, plans for graduate study, and career aspirations
      • Include experiences that have helped shape your interests, plans, and aspirations
    • 1 copy each of the following:
      • Request an electronic version of all official college transcript(s) to be sent to If you can only obtain hard copies of a transcript, submit one original and five copies.
      • Financial Aid Form
      • Artist’s supplement (if appropriate)
      • 3 letters of recommendation (original only)
        • it is recommended that you confer with the Beinecke campus liaison before finalizing your choices for recommendations
        • begin this process early to allow for creation and submission by deadline
        • letters may be submitted by the writer to or in sealed hardcopy form to Sweet Hall, First Floor, Attention Fellowships
        • see Tips for soliciting letters of recommendation 
  4. Submit your complete application package to the front desk on the first floor in Sweet Hall by the campus deadline
  5. Sign the "Fellowship Nomination Permission Form and Waiver" at the front desk to complete the submission process

Note:  Late applications will NOT be accepted without prior approval.

Selection Process

A committee of VPUE staff and faculty will review applications to shortlist candidates for interviews (if needed), and select one campus nominee.

Additional Resources

You are strongly encouraged to consult with your faculty mentors about the application, and with academic advisors who have experience with this competition.  To schedule an appointment with the Beinecke campus liaison, please visit here.

Questions?  Contact for more information.