Sorensen Fellowship 2014 Application

The application deadline for 2014 has passed. Check out the application materials below for a look at what the application might look like in 2015.

2014 Application Deadlines:

Preliminary Application (optional but strongly encouraged):
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by 5pm

Final Application:
Monday, November 4, 2013 by 5pm

First, a note from the Ethics Center: Completing a Sorensen Fellowship application is hard work. You will be required to look closely at who you are and what you want to do to make the world a better place. You will make contact with organizations as you research internship leads. You will approach professors for recommendations and write at length about yourself, your past, present and future. And this is just the application process! The Sorensen Fellowship is a year-long commitment to bridging your academic learning with experiences in the field, and to sharing your experiences with your peers and the Brandeis community.

No matter how far you get, we commend you for taking these first steps. We have heard from students that the application was tough, but an invaluable tool in guiding them toward achieving their goals, whether or not they received a Fellowship. Start early, ask questions, and dig deep.


  1. Read a quick summary of the program.
  2. Download the information packet to learn about the Fellowship and how to apply.
  3. View due dates and Ethics Center contact info.
  4. Read "Brandeis and the World" to figure out how to be a Sorensen Fellow AND study abroad if you want to do both.
  5. Get ideas from former Fellows from last year and from all years by viewing "Student Fellow Profiles" at right. Download the 2012 Fellows' final papers, compiled in a publication entitled Tracing Roots: Uncovering Realities Beneath the Surface
  6. View the PAX 89 course syllabus for fall 2013. (Note: the syllabus will change as instructors alternate.)

  1. Review safety and security considerations as you choose a location.
  2. Think about how religion, sexual preference, dietary needs, or ethnicity concerns might influence your selection of location. You'll want to strike a balance between your professional goals and your personal needs. View some excellent resources for helping you think through which region might be the best match for your needs, and how you might manage various factors as you make your choice.

  1. See internship ideas and leads.
  2. Get tips on contacting a potential internship site.
  3. Send the Internship Site Description to potential internship sites as you request your letter or email of interest.

  1. Give the Recommender's Instructions to your recommenders -- far in advance. We suggest giving your recommenders a deadline of at least one week before application materials are due. Recommendations received after the Nov. 4 deadline will not be opened. YOU must submit your recommendations in signed, sealed envelopes. Recommendations will not be accepted by email unless you are studying abroad.
  2. Read the Ethics Center mission statement and principles.
  3. Read the award-winning application essays of the 2013 Fellows (flaws and all!) to see how former Fellows presented themselves in their applications.

  1. Click here to submit a Preliminary Application by Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    at 5 pm.  

    Although not required, submitting a Preliminary Application for review is strongly recommended so you can get useful feedback on your ideas. Preliminary materials will not become part of your final application, so it is fine if the proposal is incomplete or in rough draft form.

    In addition to the online Preliminary Application, we appreciate a double-spaced, hard copy of your essay, delivered to the Ethics Center office, Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Room 309, by Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5 pm. However, hard copies of application materials are optional for the Preliminary Application. 

    NOTE: Do NOT use the Preliminary Application link above to submit your final application. To submit a final application, see the "Final Application" instructions below.

  2. Attend the Proposal Writing Workshop on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 5:30-6:30 pm  in the Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium, across the loop road from the Heller School. This workshop will offer specific suggestions about how best to present your ideas and how to write a compelling proposal. It’s particularly aimed at those who have submitted a Preliminary Application, but all are welcome.


The final application is due Monday, November 4, 2013 by 5 pm. To make sure you are turning in a complete application, see the "Checklist" below. Please deliver a complete packet of your hard copy materials to the Ethics Center office, Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex room 309 (across the loop road from the Heller Building). Unless you are studying abroad, EMAILED MATERIALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. MATERIALS RECEIVED AFTER THE 5 pm DEADLINE WILL NOT BE OPENED.
  1. Online application - Click here (This is NOT the Preliminary Application; to complete a Preliminary Application, scroll up.)

  2. Hard copy materials, single-sided, NO STAPLES PLEASE:
  • Printed copy of your essay, double-spaced and paper-clipped (single-sided, no staples). Note: The essay will be pasted into the online application, but we'd also like this additional print-out from your word processing program.
  • Letter of interest from internship organization
  • Transcript (unofficial or official)
  • Current resume (include honors, special programs, extracurricular activities, etc. Can be 1-2 pages.)
  • Two recommendations in signed and sealed envelopes. Recommendations will not be accepted by email. Recommendations submitted after the deadline will not be opened.

We hope the Sorensen Fellowship application process has proven to be a meaningful educational experience. Congratulations on your hard work, and best of luck!
Questions? Please contact the Ethics Center, MS 086, x68577,