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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. Application guidelines and submission form are available online.  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.

Application process for the next cohort of the fellowship will open in December 2015. If you are interested in being considered for the fellowship, please email us at and we will be in touch as soon as the application process starts.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, see the FAQ. If your question is not answered, contact BGI Program Administrator at (781) 736-8410 or