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Global Teen Fellowship

Global Teen Fellowship brings together motivated Russian-speaking high school students from around the world who wish to be of service to the Jewish community.

Our VISION is to create a global network of Russian-speaking young adults fortified by a strong sense of Jewish identity and committed to the future of the Jewish people.

Our MISSION is to inspire Russian-speaking young adults around the world to actively engage in Jewish life through fostering global connections, strengthening their Russian Jewish identity and deepening their knowledge of Jewish heritage.

What Will You Do?

This exclusive one-year fellowship offers students the opportunity to:

  • Galvanize leadership skills and deepen Jewish knowledge through stimulating workshops, controversial debates and eye-opening experiences
  • Meet amazing people and develop long-lasting bonds with peers from around the world
  • Make a real difference in community by developing and implementing an innovative community project

How Does it Work?

The BGI fellowship integrates students’ participation in BIMA or Genesis summer programs at Brandeis University with a year-round extracurricular program. The program’s highlights include:

  • Global Summit in the New York City area
  • A series of online seminars
  • A weekend seminar in Israel 

How Much is the Scholarship?

BGI fellowship is highly competitive and the number of scholarships awarded each year is limited. Scholarship amount may vary and will be determined by the overall competitiveness of the application and applicant’s country of residence.

Who is Eligible?

The fellowship is intended for students from Russian-speaking families who have the motivation to be of service to the Russian-speaking and larger Jewish community.

The BGI fellowship is highly competitive and is awarded based on the following criteria:

  • community involvement and leadership potential
  • academic excellence
  • overall strength of the application

How Do I Apply?

If you are interested in taking part in the Global Teen Fellowship, please contact Yana Drozdovski, BGI Program Manager, at or Michael Golitsyn, Program Administrator at the Office of High School Programs, at

What Are the Commitments If I Receive a Scholarship?

In addition to full participation in our BIMA/Genesis summer experience, BGI fellows will also be expected to participate year-round programs, including Global Summit in NYC, monthly webinars and a weekend seminar.