The Diversity, Excellence and Inclusion Scholarship (DEIS) is designed to enable U.S. citizens and permanent residents from non-traditional backgrounds — including first generation college graduates — to benefit from a world-class Brandeis education. Eligible applicants pursuing full-time master's degrees in select Humanities, Social Sciences, Music, and Biotechnology programs will be considered for this scholarship. (Participating programs and their corresponding deadlines can be found below.)

Our hope is that many of our DEIS scholars will move on to leading doctoral programs around the country. At GSAS, we are committed to supporting students as they navigate the challenging and exciting world of graduate study. Close relationships between students and faculty are a cornerstone of the Brandeis experience, and we take pride in the mentoring that our faculty and Center for Career and Professional Development staff provide. Our cohort of scholarship recipients will be able to take advantage of these already-proven support services as they prepare for doctoral applications and career opportunities.

For the 2018-19 cohort, Brandeis will offer five DEIS awards to students in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Music, and three DEIS awards to students in Biotech. The award will include:

  • Full-tuition scholarship
  • $10,000 stipend
  • Full credit toward an individual health insurance plan
  • Mentoring, counseling, workshops, and peer support to coach the cohort through the master's programs and beyond
2017 Diversity, Excellence and Inclusion Scholars

Photo Credit: Simon Goodacre

GSAS Welcomes the 2017 DEIS Scholars

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences welcomed the 2017 Diversity, Excellence and Inclusion Scholarship (DEIS) recipients in August with a barbecue at the dean’s house. Five members of the cohort were present, including: Lauren Bernard, Christiana Joseph, AK King, Jill Martin, and Caleb Smith. They will be studying: Anthropology, Biotechnology, Global Studies, History, Musicology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Read more about the scholars. 

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are interested in the scholarship should submit their admission applications by the deadlines listed by program below. Please note that, in some cases, the deadlines to be considered for the scholarship are earlier than our normal program deadlines. Candidates will also need to complete the FAFSA.

Participating Master's Programs (listed by deadline)

January 15

February 1

February 15

March 15

Please Note: March 15 is earlier than the admission application deadlines for the following programs.

May 1