Cornell University

Beinecke Scholarship

Cornell endorsement is required.

*Campus Deadline: January 2019 (date TBA)
*2018-2019 deadlines will be similar to those of last year. Please check back in May 2018 for exact dates.


The Beinecke Scholarship enables students in the traditional liberal arts to pursue graduate school opportunities they may not otherwise have been able to pursue. The award provides $4,000 immediately prior to attending graduate school and a maximum stipend of $15,000 per year while in graduate school. About 20 awards are given annually.


U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals in the junior class with a record of financial need.

Eligible Fields

Students who intend to pursue graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences, and who must have a record of receiving need-based financial aid to support their undergraduate study. Students without such a record are not eligible.


Applicants first submit their materials to a campus committee for review in February. Upon review of application material, Cornell may choose one student as a nominee to the national Beinecke Scholarship competition. Students’ applications must be processed and endorsed through the CCS fellowships office to be eligible for the competition at the regional and/or national level. Endorsement decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

Selection decisions (both on-campus and at the national level) are based on the following criteria:

  • Academic record: Nominees should have a GPA of 3.8 or above.
  • Commitment to the study of one's field: Preference will be given to those for whom the awarding of the scholarship would significantly enhance the likelihood of the student attending graduate school.
  • Commitment to one's community: Students planning to attend professional school should illustrate a significant commitment to serving the community upon completion of their graduate studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation: These should be from faculty who can speak to your academic promise.

Read carefully the Beinecke foundation site for further information.


Beth Fiori, Fellowship Coordinator
103 Barnes Hall