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Our 2022 cohort application will open in early September.

Please add your name to our interest form to be notified when the application goes live. To be eligible for the 2022 Fellowship, you must:

  • Self-identify as Jewish;
  • Be from the U.S. or Canada; and
  • Be in 11th grade in the Fall of 2021 and have been born before June 26, 2006. (Students who will be in 11th grade in the Fall of 2021 who were born after this date must wait until the Fall of 2022 to apply for the 2023 cohort. Students who will be in 12th grade in the Fall of 2021 who were too young to apply last year – born after June 28, 2005 – are also eligible to apply.)

If you are an adult who works with teens, please fill out this form.

About the Fellowship

Every year, twenty-six outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The Fellowship begins with a five-week, all-expenses-paid summer in Israel (assuming the safety of travel), where Fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends. 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. Inspired by a diverse faculty of Rabbis, educators, and artists, the pluralistic group of Fellows have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a wide range of Jewish texts – from classic religious documents to contemporary Israeli and American voices – as well as artistic workshops, 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 Winter and Spring seminar in the United States, usually in the Northeast. Fellows continue their association with the Fellowship through our extraordinarily active, 1300+ alumni community

Eligibility and Important Dates

High school students who will be in the 11th grade in Fall 2021, who self-identify as Jewish, who are from the United States or Canada, and who will be 16 years old or older by the summer of 2022, are eligible for the 2022 Fellowship. (11th-grade students who are too young can apply in the 12th grade.) 

Please add your name to our interest form to be notified when the application opens in early September.

The Fellowship begins the summer after 11th 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.

Check back soon for the dates for our 2022 Fellowship year.

The following dates are for the 2021 Fellowship year:

  • Pre-Summer Virtual Orientation: Date TBA
  • Summer Seminar: July 6 – August 2, 2021
  • Monthly Zoom Sessions: Dates TBA
  • Winter Seminar: January 13-18, 2022
  • Spring Seminar: April 6-13, 2022

More questions? Check out our FAQ’s.


Application at a Glance

  • Application Deadline: Early December.
  • Deadline for Supplementary Materials (letters of recommendation and transcript): Early December. 
  • See a preview of last year’s application (to help prepare your application, but this cannot be submitted.)
  • Please make sure you give yourself enough time to 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.).
    • High school transcript (through grade 10). 
  • More questions? Check out our FAQ’s.

Watch our recorded virtual information session for prospective applicants, parents, and educators, which took place on Thursday, October 24th, 2019.  Hear from Executive Director Becky Voorwinde, Education and Programming Director Jake Marmer, and two recent Fellows about the application process and the once-in-a-lifetime Fellowship experience.