About the Fellowship
Every year, twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The highlight of the Fellowship is 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 and Canada, and who were born before July 1, 2003, are eligible for the Fellowship. 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: July 1 – August 7, 2019
- Applications for the 2019 Fellowship can be submitted here.
- See a preview of the 2019 application (to help prepare your application, but this cannot be submitted.)
- Letters of recommendation and the high school transcript are requested by the applicant when beginning the online application process.