The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 and seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Since 1975, the program has selected college juniors from more than 110 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships, and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin their graduate studies as soon as possible following graduation from college and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

General Eligibility

Please see the program website for specific eligibility requirements.

  • Class year: Junior. “Junior” means a student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree during the academic year in which they are applying and plans to continue full-time undergraduate study.
  • Citizenship: U.S. citizen or U.S. national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • GPA: No specific minimum, but must be competitive for admission to relevant graduate programs in the candidate's field of study.

Other eligibility guidelines:

  • Demonstrate superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise during their undergraduate career.
  • Plan to enter a research-focused 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.
  • Have a documented history of receiving need-based financial aid (preference for Pell Grant recipients).

Application Process

To be eligible for a Beinecke Scholarship, the applicant must be nominated by Davidson College. Davidson Beinecke candidates must apply to Davidson first to be considered for nomination, followed by the official Beinecke process if nominated. The Beinecke Scholarship will not consider direct applications.

The campus nomination application process and resources are in the Beinecke Fellowships Toolkit article (Handshake login required). Students interested in applying are encouraged to contact Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning, as soon as possible to discuss their candidacy.

Learn More

For more information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program at, or schedule an Fellowships & Scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Associate Director for Fellowships & Experiential Learning, through Handshake (login required).

Davidson Beinecke Scholars

2018 - Leah Mell '19

1991 - Brendan O'Sullivan '92

1980 - John M. Porter '81