Every year, twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The highlight of the Fellowship is a five week, all expense-paid Summer Fellowship in Israel. Fellows engage in thought provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends. Our high-caliber educators focus on teaching a broad range of traditional and contemporary Jewish texts at a university level. Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, meet with some of today's most influential figures, and learn about themselves and each other. The Fellowship year continues with seminars in December and April in New York. Fellows continue their association with the Fellowship through our extraordinarily active, 1000+ alumni community.
The application consists of various short responses and short essays. We ask for two recommendations, at least one from a teacher, as well as your school transcript*. We do not require any sort of standardized test scores.
*We request academic transcripts to learn about an applicant's academic pursuits and course load, however, we believe grades and GPA are subjective and do not reflect a candidate's sophistication of thought, character, or the ability to contribute to and benefit from the Fellowship. Far more important (and interesting) are the personal essay sections and letters of recommendation, which offer a platform for applicants to tell their stories, express their unique interests, and describe their relationship to community.
All application materials are due on January 4th, 2017. You will be notified by the first week of March if you have been selected for an in-person interview and interviews will be held in March. The recipients of the Fellowship will be announced the first week in April, 2017.
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