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2020 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)

Deadline Date:

12/01/19 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. Selected fellows will have the opportunity to encounter the people and land of Israel, examine issues in modern Jewish life, and meet with influential figures.

The highlight of the Fellowship is a five week, all-expenses-paid Summer Fellowship in Israel. Fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends. With the guidance of a diverse faculty of Rabbis and educators, the 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 an active, 1200+ alumni community. 

The Fellowship 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 in New York City 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166771

Number of Grants:

Every year, twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows.

Term of Contract:

Summer Dates: June 28 - August 5, 2020
Spring Seminar Dates: April 16 - April 20, 2021

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, 2020, are eligible for the 2020 Fellowship. (11th-grade students who are too young can apply in the 12th grade.)

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is December 1, 2019, 11:59 PM EST. The deadline for Supplementary Materials (letters of recommendation and transcript) is December 6, 2019.

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)

Candidates are notified by mid-January if they will be invited to an interview. Interviews are held in New York, Chicago and California. Letters of notification are sent by email and/or postal mail by early March.


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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