Brandeis offers a number of scholarship and fellowship opportunities to students who have exhibited outstanding achievement in and out of the classroom.

These scholarships are awarded to entering first-semester first year students.  Please note that once awarded, the scholarship amount remains the same for all years of eligibility. All students will be thoroughly considered during the application process, and with a few exceptions noted below, will not be required to submit any additional materials to support their candidacy for merit aid.

For more information on our need-based financial assistance, please visit the Student Financial Services website


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Scholarship Opportunities

Brandeis-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded to the most academically outstanding students in our pool. Each year, a select group of students at the top of the applicant pool are awarded a Dean, Presidential, or Justice Brandeis Scholarship, which range in value from $10,000 to $20,500 annually. These scholarships recognize the potential impact of a student’s contributions in the classroom at Brandeis. Students do not need to apply for merit funding, and will be thoroughly considered during the application process. 

Stroum Family Waltham Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to four outstanding graduating seniors from Waltham High School in Waltham, Massachusetts. To be considered, a student may simply submit his/her admission application and the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. This scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters of study at Brandeis.

Brandeis International Business School (IBS) Scholars

Students admitted to the Brandeis IBS Scholars five-year BA/MA program will receive a scholarship which covers 25 percent of the tuition for their graduate year of study. For more information, visit the Brandeis IBS Scholars page.


Fellowship Opportunities

The Leonard Bernstein Fellowship

The Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, named for a founding member of the Brandeis University arts community, is a distinctive and highly selective instrumental chamber music program. The fellowship provides a select number of accomplished instrumentalists the benefits of private lessons, additional performance opportunities, and up to a $20,500 renewable scholarship. For more information, visit the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship page.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship

This fellowship recognizes students for their outstanding academic achievements as well as their contributions to their community through service and activism. There is no application for this fellowship beyond the admission application and the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. The amount of this scholarship is equal to the student's calculated institutional financial need and is renewable for up to eight semesters of study at Brandeis. For more information, visit the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship page.

Humanities Fellowship

The Humanities Fellowship is awarded to twenty of the most intellectually promising admitted students with a demonstrated interest in the humanities. Fellows will receive an annual scholarship of up to $20,500 as well as a small, one-time stipend, and will take part in an intensive seminar, work directly with Humanities faculty, and delve into leading-edge scholarship through special programming. Students do not need to apply for this honor, and will be automatically considered by the Admissions Committee. For more information, visit the Humanities Fellowship page.

QBReC Fellowship

The Quantitative Biology Research Community (QBReC) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate community that promotes cross-departmental collaboration among students and faculty. This fellowship provides a select group of admitted students with immediate access to this community as well as the opportunity to conduct research with top faculty working at the interface of the physical and life sciences. Fellows will receive an annual scholarship of up to $20,500, take part in an intensive fall seminar, and conduct an in-depth research project in one of six participating labs. Students demonstrating excellence within the sciences and a passion for interdisciplinary study will be invited to apply for this honor by mid-February. For more information, visit the QBReC page.


Opportunities for International Students

How To Be Considered

Brandeis was founded on the principles of passion for learning, commitment to social justice and equality, respect for creativity and diversity, and concern for the world. Our global focus permeates throughout campus, and our international students play an important role in our community. While we are need aware for international applicants, we are committed to meeting the full demonstrated need of all admitted international students through institutional and endowed scholarship funds. To be considered for these awards, international students must submit their CSS Profile and supporting financial documents.

The Wien International Scholarship Program

The Wien International Scholarship Program has funded hundreds of students from all over the world since its establishment in 1958. This scholarship meets the full demonstrated financial need of each recipient. Wien Scholarships are awarded to exceptionally accomplished international applicants who demonstrate strong academic achievement as well as significant extracurricular or community involvement. For more information, visit the Wien International Scholarship Program page.

The Davis United World College Scholars Program

The Davis United World College Scholars Program provides a $10,000 grant each year from the Shelby Davis Foundation to any graduate of one of the United World Colleges who demonstrates financial need and is admitted to Brandeis.

Richard and Barbara Silverman Endowed Scholarship

The Richard and Barbara Silverman Endowed Scholarship was established to enhance educational opportunities for Israeli students. Deserving Israeli students who reside in Israel and have demonstrated financial need will be considered for this scholarship. Students must submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile and supporting financial documents in order to be considered, but do not need to apply separately for the scholarship.

Brandeis-Canada Endowed Scholarship

The Brandeis-Canada Endowed Scholarship is a need-based scholarship awarded to Canadian residents who have demonstrated academic excellence. Students must submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile and supporting financial documents in order to be considered, but do not need to apply separately for the scholarship.