Application & Admissions

The Glass House at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore

The Glass House at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Bangalore


Students applying to this program should have junior class standing and have significant college-level coursework in fields like math, physics, biology, chemistry, and computer science.  Any student is eligible to participate on this program as long as they are not on judicial or academic probation.

Application Process

  1. Visit the Office of Study Abroad "Get Started" page. You must first complete steps 1-3 before scheduling an advising appointment with Wanda Weinberger, Assistant Director of Brandeis-Led Study Abroad Programs. 
  2. Schedule an advising appointment by phone (781-736-3483) or online.
  3. In your advising appointment, you will talk about the program in more detail, discuss your qualifications and fit for the program, get advice on passport/visa concerns, and then your application for the Brandeis-India Science Scholars program can be opened. Once your application is opened, you will have access to the Online Study Abroad Account application materials described below.

Application Deadlines

Applications for Spring 2018 have passed. In general, applications open in the fall semester, with rolling admissions and an application deadline of mid-February.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis until the closing deadline. You are encouraged to apply well before the admissions deadline. Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, so applying early is to everyone's advantage. Provided spaces are still available, applications will be reviewed up until the published deadline. The Brandeis-India Science Scholars program website will contain information in the event that the program reaches student capacity before the admissions deadline.

Application Decisions

The application will be read by the admissions committee within a few weeks of receipt of the complete application. You will receive an admissions decision soon after the application is reviewed.

To hold a spot on the program, you will be required to declare your intent for participation and submit a $500 non-refundable deposit within ten days of acceptance. More details about what forms to fill out will be available at the time of acceptance.

Required Application Materials

Application Statement

Your personal statement should include answers to the following questions. You may also wish to refer to the selection criteria before writing your statement. 

Your statement should be about 1,000 words in essay format. If you are applying to two programs, be sure your statement includes answers to all of the following questions for both your primary program and your alternate program. Failure to include answers to all questions for both programs may result in your application being denied. 

  • What are your academic and intellectual goals for study abroad?
  • How do your academic goals for study abroad relate to your overall academic plan at Brandeis?
  • Why is your proposed program the best match for your academic goals for study abroad?
  • What do you hope to gain from living and learning in a new culture?
  • The BISSP program requires more self-initiative than many study abroad programs. How do you plan to integrate yourself in IISc and in Bangalore?
  • Describe the challenges you imagine you will face while living and studying in a different culture and give concrete examples of how you will deal with these challenges.
  • How have you prepared yourself academically for study abroad in India?
  • What do you already know about the history and culture Bangalore and India in general?

Please upload a PDF of your resume in the online application. The application review committee uses the resume to learn more about you and your experiences, commitments and interests to date. Your resume allows the committee to understand your skills, experiences, and achievements and how they relate to your participation in the Brandeis-India Science Scholars program.

In your resume you should thoughtfully express your leadership, volunteer, research, relevant academic and work experience. Please consult the Hiatt Career Center about how to structure and write a resume from Hiatt's online workshop, view samples on their website and access a user-friendly software program, Optimal Resume, to create a clear, professional resume.

Once you've drafted your resume: have it reviewed and approved by the Hiatt Career Center during drop-ins, in an appointment or via HiattChat, prior to submitting it to your application. 

Faculty Recommendation

You must submit one recommendation from a science faculty member. In the online application you can email a request for a faculty member to fill out a recommendation form. However, since this email is automatically generated through the on-line system, we suggest that you first personally contact your recommender and inform him/her that he/she will receive the email request from the Office of Study Abroad. Please note that the committee will not accept a letter from a high school teacher.

If you have already requested a letter from a professor, your professor can simply paste that letter into our online recommendation form.; Alternatively, you may have him/her submit it to our office via Campus Mail or through an email attachment to