Become a Fellow

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 Fellowship in Israel. Fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends. Our high-caliber educators focus on teaching a broad range of traditional and contemporary Jewish texts at a university level. Fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, meet with some of today's most influential figures, and learn about themselves and each other. The Fellowship year continues with Winter and Spring seminars in the United States, usually in the Northeast. Fellows continue their association with the Fellowship through our extraordinarily active, 1200+ alumni community.

Want to learn more?

  • For Frequently Asked Questions about who should apply, the application process, and the Fellowship program, visit our FAQ page.
  • To see what life is like for Fellows during their summer in Israel, and to view a sample summer itinerary, check out A Day in the Life.
  • Read testimonials from current Fellows and alumni about what the Fellowship means to them and how it shaped their lives.

The 2018 Application is now closed.  Thank you to all who applied. 

Applications for 2019 will be open in the Fall.  If you would like us to notify you when applications are open, please click here.

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 will be sixteen by July of 2018 are eligible for the Fellowship.  The Fellowship begins the summer after eleventh 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.