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The Beinecke Scholarship was established to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. 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.


Each year approximately 125 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship, and 20 new scholarships will be awarded in 2017. Each school invited to participate in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year.

To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must:

  • Have demonstrated superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during his or her undergraduate career.
  • Be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the 2016-2017 academic year. “Junior” means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree between December 2017 and August 2018.
  • Plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program 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.
  • Be a United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years. Primary evidence of meeting this criterion is a student’s history of receiving need-based institutional, state or federal grants-in-aid. An institutional financial aid officer will be required to complete a Financial 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.


Access the UI Undergraduate Fellowships Beinecke Opportunity Profile at:

PDF iconBeinecke Scholarship - Opportunity Profile - UI Priority Fellowships - 2017.pdf


Thank you for your interest in applying for campus nomination to the Beinecke Scholarship competition from the University of Iowa.  We look forward to your questions and to your applications.  Prospective applicants should contact our Director of Scholar Development (DSD), Kelly Thornburg as soon as they are aware of their interest in this and any other fellowship opportunity at 335-1874 or at

Please note! Establishing an early connection to the scholar development resources, workshop opportunities and tailored fellowship advising we are able to offer prospective applicants serves everyone involved in this challenging, but extraordinarily rewarding process.

UI Beinecke Scholarship Competition │ Important Dates

January 5, 2017 │ Beinecke Scholarship Campus Nomination Deadline

January 5, 2017 │ Distribution of Beinecke Campus Apps to UFC Nomination Committee

February 15, 2017 │ Beinecke Scholarship Deadline

Review the Official 2017 Beinecke Scholarship Competition Guidelines at

 Each campus application submitted to the UI Undergraduate Fellowships Committee must include the following:

  • Completed FileBeinecke Campus Nomination Application Form -.docx
  • Current Resume/CV (No page limit at the campus-level)
  • Current grade reporrt and transcripts for other colleges attended
  • Three letters of recommendation – DRAFT Letters are acceptable at the UI Campus Nomination Deadline

To submit your campus application package to the UI Fellowships Director and the Undergraduate Fellowships Committee for consideration, please share an electronic copy of each of the components listed above with us by emailing all documents EXCEPT letters of recommendation to in a SINGLE message titled “Last Name, First Name – Beinecke Scholarship Campus Application”.  Your referees should share their confidential letters with the UFC electronically by the UI Campus Application Deadline by emailing signed copies to

If campus applicants or referees are not able to meet the established deadline, they are encouraged to contact Kelly Thornburg at 319-335-1874

Contact on campus:

Kelly Thornburg, Director of Scholar Development, 319-335-1874 | |