Generous Scholarships for Grad School

All accepted students enjoy generous tuition assistance from the Hornstein Program and Brandeis University. There are no special financial aid application procedures.

See list of additional scholarship and loan opportunities for graduate-level education below.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Hornstein students, Brandeis University

Hornstein Scholarships

The Hornstein Program considers all accepted students for generous scholarships that cover all or part of tuition. No additional application procedures are necessary to apply for these funds, which are listed below.

Hornstein scholarships (fellowships) are composed, in part, of a pool of endowed and gift funds specifically designated for graduate student scholarship of the Hornstein Program. Short descriptions of their preferred use and the number of scholarships available each year are indicated. Please peruse the list and let us know if and why you believe you are eligible. (For applicants, you may include this proposal of eligibility at the end of your written statement of purpose.)

The award allocation process starts January 15 of each year, beginning with early applicants.

FOR STUDENTS IN THE MA/MBA TRACK

  • Melvin S. and Ryna G. Cohen Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship in the MA/MBA track of studies. Two fellowships available each year.
FOR STUDENTS IN THE MA/MPP PROGRAM
  • Nathan Perlmutter Fellowship in Public Policy supports graduate student scholarship in the MA/MPP track. Two fellowships are available each year.
FOR STUDENTS IN THE MA/MA TRACK
  • Frances and Max Elkon Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship in the MA/MA track. Preference given to students pursuing modern Jewish studies. One fellowship available each year.
  • Bernard Reisman Endowed Diaspora Studies Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship in the MA/MA track. Preference is given to students interesting in studying Jewish culture in the Diaspora. One fellowship is available each year.
  • Leonard Sperry Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students following the MA/MA Hornstein/NEJS track of study. One fellowship is available each year. 
FOR STUDENTS OF POLISH ANCESTRY
  • Danciger Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students whose roots are Polish. One fellowship is available each year.
  • Samuel and Frances Hirshenhorn Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students with Polish roots or who are native to the Mid-Atlantic States. Two fellowships available each year.
FOR STUDENTS RESIDENT OF BOSTON
  • Ezra J. and Rita H. Denerstein Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship at the Hornstein Program. Preference is given to students with entrepreneurial ambitions, or who hail from Boston. One fellowship is available each year.
FOR STUDENTS RESIDENT OF THE MID-ATLANTIC STATES
  • Samuel and Frances Hirshenhorn Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students with Polish roots or who are native to the Mid-Atlantic States. Two fellowships available each year.
FOR STUDENTS RESIDENT OF THE MIDWEST
  • Davidson, Hermelin, Zlotoff Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students who hail from the Midwest. One fellowship is available each year.
FOR STUDENTS RESIDENT OF CLEVELAND, OHIO
  • Sidney Fleck Memorial Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students who hail from or intend to work in Cleveland. One fellowship available each year.
  • Max and Betty Ratner Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students who hail from or will be working in Cleveland, OH. One fellowship is available each year.
FOR STUDENTS RESIDENT OF ST. LOUIS OR DETROIT
  • Anna and Meyer Prentis Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students from St. Louis, MO or Detroit, MI. One fellowship is available each year.
FOR STUDENTS PURSUING ENTREPRENEURIAL OBJECTIVES
  • Ezra J. and Rita H. Denerstein Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students with entrepreneurial ambitions, or who hail from Boston. One fellowship is available each year.
  • Samuel and Florence Melton Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students pursuing entrepreneurial goals or Jewish education dissemination. One fellowship each year.
FOR GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP (No restrictions)
  • Sophia and Meyer Goldstein Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. One fellowship is available each year.
  • Morris and Rose D. Greenwald Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. One fellowship is available each year.
  • Michael and May Safran Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. One fellowship is available each year.
  • Arthur F. Silbert Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. One fellowship is available each year.
  • Benjamin S. Hornstein Jewish Communal Service Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. One fellowship available each year.
FOR STUDENTS WORKING TO COMBAT ANTISEMITISM AND RACISM
  • William and Ruth Margolis Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students with interests in combating antisemitism and racism. One fellowship is available each year.
FOR STUDENTS PURSUING JEWISH EDUCATION
  • Samuel and Florence Melton Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students pursuing entrepreneurial goals or Jewish education dissemination. One fellowship each year.
  • Bennett Solomon Endowed Fellowship in Jewish Education supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to those pursuing Jewish Education. One fellowship is available each year.
FOR STUDENTS IN THEIR FIRST YEAR IN RECOGNITION OF JEWISH COMMUNAL SERVICE
  • Bernard and Rena J. Olshansky Prize in Jewish Communal Service supports graduate student scholarship. It is awarded to a first-year student in the spring each year.
FOR STUDENTS PURSUING A “BERNIE REISMAN” PATH OR GOAL
  • Bernard Reisman Endowed Fellowship supports graduate student scholarship. Preference is given to students interested in pursuing a specific "Bernie Reisman" path or goal. One fellowship is available each year.
FOR STUDENTS PURSUING A PROFOUND UNDERSTANDING OF ISRAEL IN THE LIVES OF DIASPORA JEWRY
  • Myra and Robert Kraft Israel Initiative supports the "enhancement of education of the Jewish professionals enrolled in the Hornstein Program" with preference given to students pursuing a "profound understanding of the place of Israel in the lives of Diaspora Jewry." Between two and three fellowships are available each year beginning in FY19. 

External Fellowship Programs

In addition to Hornstein fellowships, all applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarship programs such as those listed below and to the right. Along with providing funds that can be used to supplement Hornstein awards, many of these scholarships provide significant training and mentoring opportunities for their award winners. Please note carefully the application deadlines for each funder.

Tuition

Tuition for the 2018-2019 fall and spring semesters is $50,184. Please see the Graduate School's Cost of Attendance Calculator for a complete breakdown of costs, including Summer 2019 tuition and estimated living expenses.

If you would like to be considered for needs-based financial assistance, please speak to our staff or faculty.

Other Sources of Scholarship Aid

Local Community Aid

Many Jewish communities in North America offer competitive, need-based aid, and/or interest-free loans to students pursuing graduate degrees. Below is a list of some of these scholarship and loan programs; students are encouraged to research their own home communities for others. Applications should be submitted directly to the awarding organization.

Other Opportunities for Jewish Students

Federal & State Loans