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Attend an Educational Summer Program in Israel

Bronfman Fellowship

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The Bronfman Youth Fellowships (BYFI)

Conf. Date:

10/13/21

Deadline Date:

12/08/21 Receipt

Description:

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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:

  • A five-week immersive summer in Israel – In between their junior and senior years of high school, 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. 
  • Monthly virtual meetings with the same small group of Fellows and a faculty member. 
  • Winter Context Seminar – A collective retreat in December in the Northeastern U.S.
  • Spring Seminar 
  • Beyond Bronfman process – Fellows choose a question, topic, or idea from their Fellowship summer to explore further upon their return home.

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166771

Number of Grants:

Each year 26 fellows are chosen.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

High school students who self-identify as Jewish, are from the United States or Canada, will be in 11th grade in the Fall of 2021, and were born before June 26, 2006, are eligible for the 2022 Fellowship. (Students who will be in 11th-grade who were born after that date can apply in the 12th grade.)

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be virtual information sessions for educators, prospective applicants and their parents on Wednesday, October 6th and Wednesday, October 13th. Hear from Executive Director Becky Voorwinde, Education & Programming Director Jake Marmer, and recent Fellows about the application process and summer curriculum. They will be hosted at two different times to serve people in various time zones; feel free to join either one.

- Register for the West Coast Information Call – Pacific Time (Wed. October 6, 8 PM PT) at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtd-GrqjMpGtK_TLo8dnDtsoKEBivEw7TA
- Register for the East Coast Information Call – Eastern Time (Wed. October 13, 8 PM ET) at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ldeqorT4rH9IYj4WC2gXkrkM6FbdUlyLs

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application Deadline: December 8, 2021*
- Deadline for Supplementary Materials (letters of recommendation & transcript): December 10, 2021*
- Semi-finalists notified: Mid-January. Semi-finalists will be invited for interviews.
- Interviews for semi-finalists: Late January through February.
- Fellows notified of acceptance: Early March 2022

*Deadline dates are deadlines for receipt of application and materials.

Your application must include:
- Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who know you well. At least one of these letters must be from a teacher. The other can be any non-relative who knows you well (including another school professional, Rabbi, employer, etc.).
- A high school transcript (through 10th grade).

All 2022 Fellows are required to be fully vaccinated.

For further information about the Fellowship Year: https://bronfman.org/our-program/the-fellowship-year/

The Fellowship During the Pandemic: https://bronfman.org/our-program/the-fellowship-year/covid-19/

2020 Info Session Recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzjbL4wmnUc

FAQs: https://bronfman.org/faqs-2022/

Fellowship Dates: https://bronfman.org/become-a-fellow/fellowship-dates/

Commitment to inclusion and pluralism on the Fellowship: https://bronfman.org/about-us/our-pluralism/

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://apply-bronfman.smapply.io/

For questions, call 518-660-3090 or email office@bronfman.org.

The Bronfman Fellowship
PO Box 632
White Plains, NY 10602

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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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