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Fall 2011 Fellows
Julia Blanter '13
Karina Gaft '14
Lev Gorfinkel '13
Eleazar Jacobs '13
Dina Kapengut '14
Daniel Koch '13
Nera Lerner '12
Annie Livit '13
Julia Livit '13
Frederick Rozenshteyn '13
Daniel Shpolyanksy '14
Esther Tandetnik '13
Lena Vaynberg '13
Victor Zhivich '13
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BGI Undergraduate Fellowship Program
The Brandeis-Genesis Institute for Russian Jewry (BGI) strives to prepare Russian-speaking students from around the world to become effective community leaders fortified by Jewish knowledge, a systematic understanding of Russian Jewry, and a commitment to the future of the Jewish people.
The two-year undergraduate fellowship program integrates academic study at Brandeis with BGI extracurricular programming designed to enhance connections to the Russian-speaking Jewish world. Students participate in specially designed programming that includes overseas educational trip, community-based volunteer projects, speaker series and cultural events, group retreats and leadership development seminars.
BGI fellows form a well-defined cohort and build a meaningful and resourceful learning community. Students participate in the fellowship during their sophomore and junior years at Brandeis University and receive a $5,000 annual merit scholarship.
The fellowship is intended for domestic and international undergraduate Brandeis students from Russian-speaking households who have the knowledge and motivation to be of service to the Jewish community.
How to Apply
Brandeis students interested in joining the fellowship should apply for the fellowship during their first year. Specific instructions and application forms will be posted on the BGI website in November 2013. Students are encouraged to contact the BGI program office before or after submitting their applications.
The BGI fellowship is highly selective and all candidates go through a rigorous screening process. Fellows are selected by the Admissions Committee, comprised of BGI staff, faculty and alumni. Selection criteria include academic achievements, extracurricular and community involvement, and leadership potential.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are international students eligible for fellowships through the BGI?
Yes. International undergraduate students from Russian-speaking households who are admitted as first-year students to Brandeis University are eligible for the fellowship.
Are transfer students eligible for fellowships through the BGI?
Undergraduate students who have completed less than three semesters of course work at another college or university and joined Brandeis by the beginning of their sophomore year are eligible to apply for the fellowship.
Are BGI fellows eligible for study abroad programs?
Yes. BGI fellows interested in study abroad programs during their junior year at Brandeis will take a leave from the fellowship for the whole academic year, even if their study abroad program is limited to one semester. During the academic year of their study abroad program students will not be receiving the BGI scholarship and will not have to fulfill responsibilities associated with the fellowship, but will be welcome to participate in the BGI academic and cultural events.
The fellows will resume their full participation in the fellowship during their senior year at Brandeis and will be awarded the scholarship for the full academic year.
Do recipients have to have been born in Russia or other parts of the former Soviet Union to be eligible for a fellowship?
No. We anticipate that many BGI participants will have been born in the U.S. or other countries to parents who emigrated from the former Soviet Union.
How much financial support does the BGI fellowship offer?
The BGI undergraduate fellowship is a two-year program and offers a $5,000 scholarship per year. Please consult with your financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Services to find out how this award may affect your current financial aid package.
Are there other Russian-speaking undergraduate students on the Brandeis campus?
Russian-speaking students, many of them Jewish, are already attending Brandeis University in significant numbers.
These students, numbering more than 200, are studying in a variety of fields, and are active in the University's Russian Club. Applicants who wish to sit in on a class geared for Russian speakers should contact the BGI Program Office.
What activities do undergraduate BGI fellows participate in?
In addition to their studies, fellows join together for special activities related to Jewish engagement. These include intellectual and cultural programs, mentoring, individual projects, retreats, group activities, and international travel opportunities. Fellows have the option of participating in Jewish religious life on campus, but this is not a formal part of the program. Check out our list of past and upcoming events.
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