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-year students only. 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 $17,500 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. The amount of this scholarship is equal to full tuition and is renewable for up to eight semesters of study at Brandeis.
Brandeis International Business School (IBS) Scholars
In just five years, Brandeis IBS Scholars earn a bachelor’s degree in any undergraduate major and a Master of Arts degree in International Economics and Finance. Scholars take full advantage of the Brandeis International Business School's professional networks, events, and advising resources throughout their time here. Students admitted to the Brandeis IBS Scholars 5-year BA/MA program will receive a $10,000 Brandeis Alumni Scholarship towards their final MA year. To learn more, visit our website.
Edward Fein Scholarship

The Edward Fein Scholarship is a need-based scholarship awarded to students from Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington who have shown leadership through active participation in the Jewish community. Students must submit the CSS/Financial Aid Profile in order to be considered, but do not need to apply separately for the scholarship. It is recommended that students include their contributions to the Jewish community in the extracurricular section of their application.


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 a $15,000 renewable scholarship. To learn more, visit our website.

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. To learn more, visit our website.
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 $17,500 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. To learn more, visit our website.
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 $17,500, 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. To learn more, visit our website.
Leader-Scholar Communities
Leader-Scholar Community members are afforded a special opportunity to live and work alongside similarly passionate and socially engaged peers. These communities involve a two credit practicum course, taking a challenge-based approach to some of the twenty first century’s most pressing issues. There will be three topics for the 2017-2018 academic year: “Global Perspectives,” “Media and Politics,” and “Leadership in Health and Medicine”. Led by a graduate teaching fellow and faculty mentors, students will apply the skills, perspectives, and knowledge of multiple disciplines to their topic. Students demonstrating academic excellence and a passion for interdisciplinary study will be invited to apply for this honor by mid-February. To learn more, visit our website.

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 and includes funds for one round-trip air ticket each year between the United States and the student’s home country. 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.