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Deadline: 12/12/2023 (Tentative)
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Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship provides scholarships for juniors eligible for need-based financial aid who are planning to pursue a research-focused master’s or doctoral degree in social sciences, humanities, or the arts, with a strong preference for Pell Grant recipients .  Each scholar receives $5,000 upon completion of their undergraduate studies, and a total additional $30,000 for support of graduate study.  Applicants should have a strong academic record at Penn and must have a history of being eligible for need-based financial aid.

Beinecke Scholars have gone on to receive major fellowships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholarships.

Potential applicants should schedule an appointment with Dr. Wallace Genser ASAP to schedule a time to discuss how to make your strongest possible case for the Beinecke.

Additional guidance available on CURF Beinecke Scholarship webpage.

Penn Application Deadline: December 12, 2022, 4:00pm

Penn’s Application Process

The Beinecke Scholarship accepts nominations from institutions – students may not apply independently. To apply to Penn’s nominee, you must complete the following steps by Penn’s Internal Deadline of December 12, 2022, 4:00pm

  • Schedule an appointment with Dr. Genser to discuss your eligibility and potential recommenders
  • Start a CURF Fellowships Nomination Request for the Beinecke Scholarship
  • As soon as you have arranged for letters of recommendation from at least three Penn faculty members, request letters via the Fellowships Nomination Request process (no later than November 30, ideally sooner). Recommendation letters for the Beinecke Scholarship must be written by faculty in the applicant's field (or a closely allied field) who have taught you and/or supervised your research. Beinecke recommendation letters should be from “Standing Faculty” (i.e., faculty whose Penn webpage lists them as Professors, Associate Professors, or Assistant Professors. Most departments have a section listing these faculty separately. Consult with Dr. Genser if you are having difficulty identifying 3 standing faculty members to write for you
  • Letters should focus primarily on the nominee’s academic strength, intellectual curiosity, and potential for advanced graduate study in their field. In particular, Beinecke recommendation letters should address:
    • How does the candidate’s academic ability in their field compare to their peers?
    • Why is the candidate’s specific focus of research unique or important?
    • How is the candidate particularly well-suited to pursue their specific research (academic strength, research experience, other factors)?
    • Why are the graduate schools identified by the candidate a good fit for the candidate and their research interests?
  • Upload a single PDF which combines your Beinecke application form, resume, unofficial transcript from Penn InTouch (and other institutions, if relevant), and personal statement.  You will use the same process as above.
  • If you do not receive an email confirming your submission within 4 hours, please IMMEDIATELY. email to make sure CURF has received your submission.
  • Nominated students will receive further instructions.  

Contact Information

Dr. Wallace Genser
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
3539 Locust Walk, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Please call 215-746-6488 to schedule an appointment



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