New Israel Travel Grants


Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65
Undergraduate Israel Travel Grant Program

The Frances Taylor Eizenstat '65 Undergraduate Israel Travel Grants are competitive grants of $2500 each, awarded to undergraduates from any Brandeis department pursuing academic or career interests in Israel.

This wide-reaching grant covers academic pursuits in science and business, as well as social sciences, humanities and arts. It was created to provide impetus for undergraduates to travel to Israel to learn Hebrew, intern in social justice projects, NGOs, Israeli companies and laboratories, participate in research projects from archaeology to contemporary issues, engage in professional training, or join academic programs such as Brandeis study abroad.

See the Brandeis Now article about Eizenstat support for student travel.

See Blog Posts from the first two students awarded Eizenstat Grants.

Application

Your online application will include the following:

1. Personal Statement -
An essay explaining your interest and background in pursuing the particular program, ulpan, or work internship. Please be clear about your motivation and goals, and how you expect this experience will contribute to your studies or career.

2. Offer letter from sponsoring institution -
A formal letter, on their stationary, from an institution, company, or NGO in Israel that has accepted your application and notes the duration of the program and your responsibilities to it.

3. Letters of recommendation -
Two recommendations to be emailed directly, from one Brandeis faculty member and one other person who can attest to your character. Kindly have them email the references to scis@brandeis.edu and note "Eizenstat Reference" and your name in the subject line.

4. Unofficial transcript.

5. Dates of travel
Travel can be during summer break, or over an academic semester or year.

Requirements of the Grant

Grantees will submit two written or video blogs during their time in Israel and a final report in the fall following their travel. This will be accompanied by a public event for the campus community where they can describe and take questions about their experience. They may be asked to provide advice for newer undergraduates looking to apply in future years. Before traveling, grantees must participate in a pre-travel orientation given by the Hiatt Center or Brandeis Study Abroad office.

This grant is not meant to support general travel or Birthright trips to Israel.

Eligibility

Brandeis undergraduates in good academic standing from any Brandeis department are eligible to apply for these awards.
Non-US or EU citizens may need to apply for a visa to Israel, we will offer assistance to your sponsoring organization in order to take care of this.

Deadlines

The deadline for Spring travel is October 15th.
The deadline for Summer and Fall travel is March 1st.

For more information

The Schusterman Center will staff a desk at the Hiatt Career Center's "Funding your Internship" programs and Brandeis Study Abroad fairs, to answer questions about the award.

Or contact JoAnn Leavitt, Assistant Director of the Schusterman Center, for further details.
Email: jleavitt@brandeis.edu, Tel: 781 736-2152.

Grant process

A Schusterman Center committee will select the grant recipients and notify them in writing of their award within 45 days of the deadline. Recipients must notify the Schusterman Center of their acceptance within ten days of winning the award. We will conform to accepted university practice in issuing the grant funds.