Each nomination must include the following materials:
- A completed Certification of Eligibility Form
- A completed Application Form
- A current C.V.
- A statement of 1,000 words or less from the nominee devoted to describing their research or creative interests for graduate study and career aspirations beyond these studies. It should also include a discussion of the most relevant academic, professional, extracurricular, and personal experiences that have influenced or shaped the nominee’s interests and plans.
- An endorsement letter from the Beinecke liaison summarizing the reasons for the nominee’s selection.
- Three letters of recommendation from faculty members that assess the nominee’s intellectual curiosity, character and potential for advanced graduate study.
- An unofficial copy of the nominee’s transcript. (Successful applicants will later be asked to submit an official transcript.)
- Candidates who wish to pursue an MFA degree must submit an artist’s supplement (creative writing samples should be attached to the application PDF, while a hyperlink to a folder containing visual work should be provided at the top of the statement):
- Creative writers: a maximum of five pages of double-spaced text, though playwrights, poets, and screenwriters should submit the text in the format appropriate to the genre (i.e., not double-spaced, if inappropriate).
- Visual artists (except filmmakers): a digital portfolio containing up to ten images of current work, with an image resolution of at least 300 dpi.
- Performing artists (including filmmakers): video sample(s) no longer than five minutes in total.
Each nominated student must also submit a Financial Aid Data Sheet to the Program Director by the nomination deadline.