Beinecke Scholarship Program (juniors)

Campus deadline: ​11:30 pm on January 13, 2022

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. The Beinecke provides $34,000 towards application expenses and tuition fees for graduate study in MA, MFA, or PhD programs. (Details at

Did you know? Serenity Hughes, Wellesley College class of 2018, won the Beinecke in 2017!



Who is eligible?

  • College juniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the academic year of application;
  • Students planning to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences;
  • United States citizens; or United States nationals from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and
  • Students who have a documented history of receiving need-based institutional, state, or federal financial aid during their undergraduate years.

What makes a strong applicant for this fellowship?

  • Demonstration of superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise in their undergraduate career.


How do I apply?

Wellesley applicants for the Beinecke Scholarship must first apply for Wellesley’s nomination: Wellesley is allowed to nominate just one candidate for the Beinecke Scholarship each year. Before proceeding with your application, you are warmly encouraged to discuss your plans and aspirations with Kate Dailinger, of Wellesley’s Fellowships office. It’s easy to book a Fellowship advising appointment through Handshake, and appointments are available year-round, even when you're not on campus.

Cannot find an available appointment? Drop by Fellowships Pop-Up Advising: no appointment required. See our Events listings for details of in-person and virtual pop-ups. 


Application checklist

☐ Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who have taught you in classes related to the proposed graduate degree and/or supervised appropriate academic research or arts projects. Please give your recommenders this link to allow them to submit their letters - should they have any difficulty with the online form, please ask them to email their letters to

☐ Financial Aid Data Sheet (find the official form at


Submit the completed Financial Aid Data Sheet, along with the following, via the online form found here:

☐ Completed official application form  (

☐ Personal statement (1,000 words maximum) describing background, interests, plans for graduate study, and career interests, and what shaped them.

☐ Current cv or resume (2 page max)

☐ Unofficial copies of your Wellesley transcript (the version you can access online is fine) and any relevant non-Wellesley transcripts (e.g. transfer or study abroad)

☐ Optional portfolio for candidates in the arts (something like what you’d submit as part of an application for the proposed MFA; please contact to discuss this further)

Wellesley Fellowships office signature document (please print, sign & date this form, then submit a scanned pdf or other image of the signed document along with your application materials)


Application timeline

Summer/fall before applying

  • Visit the official website: to learn more about the Scholarship and the application process.
  • Talk with faculty and research mentors about your academic interests and about applying for the Beinecke.
  • Identify reference-writers (not sure whom to ask? Kate’s glad to help: simply book a Fellowships advising appointment via Handshake) and request references.
  • Start writing. Give yourself time to try several drafts and to seek feedback from faculty mentors and from Kate in the Fellowships office.

Campus application deadline: 11:30 pm on January 13, 2022

  • Letters should if possible be submitted by this deadline (please ask that they be submitted via this link - should they have any difficulty with the online form, please ask them to email their letters to
  • Submit application materials (see checklist above) via the online form found here.


  • A campus committee will review applications and typically interview short-listed applicants before selecting the one application to be forwarded to the national Beinecke selection committee.
  • All applicants will be able to receive feedback, and the nominee will be able to use this to finalize her application in advance of the national deadline in February.


  • The Beinecke national deadline. The nominee will need to submit the final version of her application early enough to allow the campus fellowship advisor to forward materials to the Foundation by the national deadline


  • The new class of Beinecke Scholars is typically announced.


Email or call Caitlin Roberts-Donovan at 781.283.2347.  Have last-minute questions as you're finalizing your application?  Drop in virtually to Pop-Up Fellowships Advising (see Events listings for details).