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2021 Bronfman Fellowship

Fellowships to USA and Canada Teenagers to
Attend an Educational Summer Program in Israel

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Bronfman Youth Fellowships (BYFI)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

12/03/20 11:59 PM EST


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Fellowships to USA and Canada Jewish teenagers to attend an educational program in Israel during the summer after eleventh grade. In addition to the summer experience, fellows will participate in a year of additional projects, studying, and seminars. The participants meet virtually every month during the school year and in-person for seminars in the winter and spring, usually in the Northeast U.S. BYFI looks for participants who have a strong academic background, leadership potential, intellectual curiosity, emotional maturity, and an interest in exploring his/her Jewish background.

Fellows participate in college-level seminars daily, rotating classes taught by our Faculty on a variety of topics. These seminars are not graded in any way, nor do Fellows receive tests or homework; the Fellowship promotes learning for learning’s sake and strives to intellectually challenge our Fellows. Each day revolves loosely around a particular theme, such as “Language, Text, and Identity” or “The Challenges of Democracy.” To explore these topics, BYFI brings in headline-making speakers and undertakes relevant site visits to spark discussion. BYFI also ask Fellows to keep a written journal and share their writing in weekly discussion groups. Fellows frequently have the opportunity to go on hikes, do art projects, play music, and do other fun activities. 

All of the Fellows’ expenses are covered, including their flights to Israel from JFK and their food, lodging, and travel over the summer.  Fellows are asked to pay a small fee to offset the costs of the follow-up seminar. Financial need is never a barrier to participation and subsidies are available for travel to the interviews, to JFK for the start of Fellowship and for Fellowship Year programming and travel.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166771

Number of Grants:

Each year 26 fellows are chosen.

Term of Contract:

Summer Seminar: June 28 - August 4, 2021
Winter Seminar: December 2 – 7, 2021
Spring Seminar: April 29 – May 3, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

High school students in the 11th grade who self-identify as Jewish, who are from the United States and Canada, and who will be 16 years old or older by June 28, 2021, are eligible for the 2021 Fellowship. (11th-grade students who are too young can apply in the 12th grade.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual Info Sessions: Applicants are invited to join the virtual information sessions for prospective applicants and their parents on Wednesday, September 30th and Thursday, October 15th. Hear from the Executive Director, the Education & Programming Director, and recent Fellows about the application process and the summer curriculum.

Register here for The Bronfman Fellowship Information Call – Pacific Time (Wed. September 30, 8 PM PT):

Register here for The Bronfman Fellowship Information Call – Eastern Time (Thurs. October 15, 8 PM ET):

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Deadline: December 3, 2020
- Semi-finalists notified: Mid-January 2021. Semi-finalists will be invited for interviews.
- Interviews for semi-finalists: Late January through February. As a safety precaution due to COVID-19, interviews will take place virtually.
- Fellows notified of acceptance: Early March 2021

Applicants should give themselves enough time to obtain:
- Two 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)

Yes, the Fellowships are running during the pandemic! Read about the programming during COVID-19 here: It is hoped that the 2021 Fellows will be able to meet in person. If international travel is not possible, domestic alternativeswe will be explored, or the program will be run in a virtual format.


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, call 518-475-7212 or email

The Bronfman Fellowship
420 Lexington Ave., Suite 331
New York, NY 10170
Phone: 518-660-3090

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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