Up to $30,000 to support graduate study in the arts,  humanities, or social sciences at any university in the US.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2024 at 5:00 PM

12:00PM EST (noon)

Duke Contact

NCS Team

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Arts & Humanities
Creative/Performing Arts
Social Sciences

Eligibility: Citizenship

U.S. Citizen

When to Apply

Junior Year

Campus Nomination Required?


Sponsoring Foundation Site



The Beinecke Scholarships supports students of exceptional promise seeking to attend graduate school programs in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Applicants must plan to enter a research-focused or creative graduate program at any university in the US. Preference is given to those applying for PhD programs, or terminal MFAs in creative fields. Up to 20 scholarships are awarded each year; Duke may nominate one student to the national competition.

Application Timeline
Deadline for complete Campus Applications, including resume, transcript, and essayFriday, March 1st, 12 p.m. (noon)
Deadline for all letters of recommendation sent to: ncs-ousf@duke.edu

Friday, March 1st, 12 p.m. (noon)

Duke nominee named by NCSLate March



The scholarship provides up to $30,000 to support graduate tuition and fees, typically $15,000 per year for the two years of graduate study. Students who gain acceptance to their program in their senior year may also receive $5,000 upon confirmed matriculation into the program. 


Demonstrated financial need. US Citizen or United States National from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Selection Criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Potential for future success in graduate school and the professoriat
  • Knowledge of proposed graduate program(s)
  • Financial need, as demonstrated by the FAFSA



Recent Duke Recipients


Valerie Muensterman

Beinecke Scholar

Ashlyn Nuckols

Beinecke Scholar, Fulbright Scholar

Thang Lian

Beinecke Scholar