Application Roadmap

Application Roadmap

Who’s eligible to apply for the 2021 cohort?  High school students currently in the 11th grade, who self-identify as Jewish, who are from the United States or 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. If you’re too young to apply this year, fill out our interest form.) Read about our commitment to inclusion and pluralism on the Fellowship.

Our 2021 application deadline was January 5, 2021. Applications for our 2022 cohort will open in September of 2021. Add your name to our interest form.

Application Period:

Application Opens: Early September 2020

Please make sure you give yourself enough time to write your essays and obtain the following materials:

  • 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).

See a preview of this year’s application (to help prepare your application, but this cannot be submitted.)

Virtual Info Sessions:  We held virtual information sessions for prospective applicants and their parents on Wednesday, September 30th and Thursday, October 15th. Our Executive Director, our Education & Programming Director, and recent Fellows spoke about the application process and our Fellowship year. Click here to watch a recording of our info call.


We also invite you to watch this video about what the summer of 2021 will be like.

Application Deadline: Extended to January 5, 2021

After Submitting Application:

Semi-finalists notified: Early February 2021. Semi-finalists will be invited for interviews.

Interviews for semi-finalists: Mid-February through early March. 

  • As a safety precaution due to COVID-19, interviews will take place virtually.

Fellows notified of acceptance: Mid-March 2021

Fellowship Dates*

  • Pre-Summer Virtual Orientation: Date TBA
  • Summer Seminar: July 6 – August 2, 2021
  • Monthly Zoom Sessions: Dates TBA
  • Winter Seminar: December 2 – 7, 2021
  • Spring Seminar: April 8 – April 12, 2022

*Read more about how The Bronfman Fellowship has responded to COVID-19 and will continue to keep our programming going while prioritizing participant health.


Download our application tips.