University of Illinois

Beinecke Scholarship


Merit and need-based awards to students seeking to gain a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences. Current juniors who are U.S. citizens are eligible.

Who They Are Looking For

The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated U.S. citizen juniors (those planning to graduate between December 2014 and August 2015) to pursue terminal degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The selection criteria include demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement, and personal promise. This is also demonstrated by the breadth of coursework taken by a student; thus many strictly performance majors may be at a disadvantage in this competition. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. While eligible, applications for professional degrees such as law or business are generally not competitive. Most recipients are students who look forward to obtaining a Ph.D. in an academic discipline. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies. Nominees should have received need-based financial aid at Illinois and preference is given to candidates for whom the awarding of significant financial aid would increase the likelihood of the student's being able to attend graduate school. Read more about recent Illinois Beinecke Scholars.

Early Review

Students are encouraged to submit drafts of their Beinecke Scholarship applications to the National and International Scholarships Program well in advance of the campus deadline in order to receive feedback from the program's directors. We are willing to work with students through numerous revisions. Submit the application via email with a few potential meeting times to receive feedback.

REQUIRED Campus Deadline: January 27, 2014

The campus deadline for completed applications (including official transcripts from all colleges and three letters of recommendation) will be January 27, 2014. A complete Beinecke application must be submitted to the National and International Scholarships Program in order to be considered for University of Illinois endorsement (a requirement to move forward in the competition). Based on your submittal, a Beinecke Campus Review Committee will determine your endorsement. The University will nominate a candidate the Committee feels has the potential to be a Beinecke Scholar; only one applicant may receive this endorsement.

Required information:

  1. A signed Scholarship Waiver (either scanned or in hardcopy)
  2. A completed application form
  3. A personal statement of 1,000 words or less describing your academic background, interests, plans for graduate study and career aspirations. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped your interests, plans and aspirations
  4. A current résumé
  5. Official transcripts from all colleges (including community colleges where you may have only taken one course and study abroad transcripts, unless both the grades and credits of all courses appear on your Illinois transcript)
  6. 3 Letters of Recommendation - primarily from faculty members (drafts acceptable) that assess the nominee's academic strength, intellectual curiosity, character, and potential for advanced graduate study
  7. A Financial Data Sheet completed by a financial aid officer certifying that the student qualifies for need-based financial aid

Endorsed Applicant Deadline: February 18, 2014 at Noon

The endorsed student will submit a final application packet, including any updated materials, to the National and International Scholarships Program.

The Final Stages

The National and International Scholarships Program submits an official Certification of Eligibility Form and writes a letter summarizing the reasons for the nominee's selection to the Beinecke Foundation. We submit all of your application materials to the Foundation for review. The final selection will be announced by May.

Beinecke Website

For official information on the Beinecke Scholarship Program, visit their website.