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The Bronfman Youth Fellowships (BYFI)
Fellowships to USA and Canada Jewish high school students to attend an educational program in Israel during the summer. In addition to the summer experience, selected fellows will participate in a year of transformative projects, studying, and seminars. Participants meet virtually every month during the school year and in-person for seminars in the winter and spring.
The Bronfman Fellowship is a transformative, year-long experience for a cohort of 26 intellectually adventurous young people who want to see the world through a lens broader than their own. The Fellowship Year begins with a five-week, transformative, immersive summer in Israel in between 11th and 12th grade. After the Fellowship summer, the experience with The Bronfman Fellowship continues through a year of learning, seminars, and additional projects. The group meets virtually every month during the school year and in-person for seminars in the winter and spring, usually in the Northeast U.S.
The opportunity includes:
Fellows participate in college-level seminars daily, rotating classes taught by Faculty on a variety of topics. The Fellowship promotes learning for learning’s sake and strives to intellectually challenge participating Fellows. Each day revolves loosely around a particular theme, such as “Language, Text, and Identity” or “The Challenges of Democracy.” To explore these topics, headline-making speakers are brought in and relevant site visits are undertaken to spark discussion. Fellows are asked 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#: 166771
Each year 26 fellows are chosen.
Fellowship Dates for 2022:
- Pre-Summer Virtual Orientation: Date TBA
- Summer Seminar: June 27 – August 1, 2022
- Monthly Zoom Sessions: Dates TBA
- Winter Seminar: December 16–21, 2022*
- Spring Seminar: April 21–25, 2023*
*These dates are subject to change if the international travel of the Amitim (Israeli fellows) is disrupted.
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