BGI Global Teen Fellowship

Information for Applicants from North America

BGI Global Teen Fellowship is uniquely designed to bring 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 Global Teen Fellowship integrates students’ participation in BIMA or Genesis summer programs at the Brandeis University with a year-round extracurricular program. The program’s highlights include:

  • Participation in BIMA/Genesis at the Brandeis University
    (July 7 - August 3, 2015)
  • Global Summit in the New York City area
    (August 3 - 6, 2015)
  • A series of online seminars
    (September - December, 2015)
  • A weekend seminar in Washington, DC
    (February, 2016)

Are there any scholarships available?

Global Teen Fellowship is highly competitive and the number of scholarships awarded each year is limited. Scholarship amount for applicants from North America may vary and will be determined by the overall competitiveness of the application. Scholarships may range from $500 to $4,000.  Click here for scholarship information for applicants from outside of North America (United States and Canada).

Since the number of fellowships awarded each year is limited and scholarship amounts may vary, we encourage all families who are unable to afford the remaining tuition balance to submit the application for additional financial aid.

Please note:  Your financial aid application does not impact your acceptance into the program.

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 Global Teen 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?

Applicants must fill out the BIMA/Genesis application by March 11, 2015.  Please make sure to indicate on the online form that the applicant comes from a Russian-speaking family.  To be considered for the Global Teen Fellowship, applicants will also be required to have a phone or Skype interview (to be scheduled once your application is complete).

What are my commitments if I am accepted into the Fellowship?

In addition to full participation in 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. If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to speak to someone in Russian, please call us at 781-736-8422.

What is the Brandeis-Genesis Institute?

The Brandeis-Genesis Institute (BGI) is an initiative that prepares 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 BGI is funded by the Genesis Philanthropy Group.

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