Become a Fellow

The application for the 2020 Bronfman Fellowship cohort is now open!


If you are too young to apply for the 2020 Fellowship (not yet in 11th grade), please add your name to our interest form.  If you are an adult who works with teens, please fill out this form.

Join us for a virtual information session for prospective Bronfman applicants, parents, and educators on Thursday, October 24th at 8:00 pm EST.  Our Executive Director, Education and Programming Director, and two recent Fellows will be speaking about the application process and the once-in-a-lifetime Fellowship experience. A recording of the call will be available on our website after October 24.

Telephone: United States: 646-876-9923 (East Coast) or 669-900-6833 (West Coast); Canada: +1-647-558-0588; Israel: +972 55 330 1762
Meeting ID: 411 806 565

About the Fellowship

Every year, twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The Fellowship begins with a five-week, all-expenses-paid summer in Israel, where Fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends. Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, and meet with some of today's most influential figures. With the guidance of a diverse faculty of Rabbis and educators, the pluralistic group of Fellows have the opportunity to explore a wide range of Jewish texts, from classic religious documents to contemporary Israeli and American voices, using them to spark conversations, engage with stimulating existential questions, and achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and one another. 

The Fellowship year continues with monthly virtual experiences and a Spring seminar in the United States, usually in the Northeast. Fellows continue their association with the Fellowship through our extraordinarily active, 1200+ alumni community

Eligibility and Important Dates

High school students in the 11th grade who self-identify as Jewish, who are from the United States or Canada, and who will be 16 years old or older by June 28, 2020, are eligible for the 2020 Fellowship. (11th-grade students who are too young can apply in the 12th grade.) 

The Fellowship begins the summer after 11th grade. It covers round-trip transportation between New York and Israel, educational programming, and room, board and travel while in Israel. Room and board at orientation and the Spring Seminar are also included. Limited additional subsidies (based on need) are available to defray costs of travel to interviews, to New York for the summer program, and for follow-up alumni activities.

  • Summer Dates: June 28 - August 5, 2020
  • Spring Seminar Dates: April 16 - April 20, 2021
  • More questions? Check out our FAQ's 

Application at a Glance

  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2019.
  • Deadline for Supplementary Materials (letters of recommendation and transcript): December 6, 2019
  • See a preview of the 2020 application (to help prepare your application, but this cannot be submitted.)
  • Please make sure you give yourself enough time to obtain the following materials:
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who know you well.  At least one of these letters must be from a guidance counselor, school principal or teacher.  The other can be any non-relative who knows you well (including another school professional, Rabbi, employer, etc.).
    • High school transcript (through grade 10). 
  • More questions? Check out our FAQ's 

Listen to the recording of our information session call for prospective applicants, parents, and educators that took place on October 11th, 2018. Our Executive Director Becky Voorwinde, Administrative Director Ava Charne, and two recent fellows (Mira Kittner and Sammy Potter) speak about the application process and our summer curriculum.
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