Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Design Lab run?

We will have a Winter 2016 cohort that will run from January-April 2016 on the following dates: 

Winter 2016

January 24, 2016
January 31, 2016
February 7, 2016
February 28, 2016
March 6, 2016
March 13, 2016
March 27, 2016
April 3, 2016

*Snow Date: April 10, 2016

What is the cost of the fellowship?

The fellowship is FREE due to our generous partners, Combined Jewish Philanthropies and Union for Reform Judaism (the fellowship is non-sectarian).

What are the requirements to be accepted into the fellowship?

The fellowship accepts Jewish teens in grades 9-12 who are willing to work hard and think smart and who will be dedicated to working on a long-term project. 

When can I apply and where do I apply to be considered for the fellowship?

Applications for the winter 2016 cohort will be accepted through December 31, 2015, but the earlier the better as there are a limited number of spots! Please click the "Nominate a Local Teen" button on the left side of this page to fill out an application for the fellowship. Once you have completed this application you will be contacted by a member of the Brandeis Design Lab staff.

What is design thinking exactly?

Design thinking has come to be defined as combining empathy for the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and rationality in analyzing and fitting various solutions to the problem context.

Video: What Is Design Thinking
Who runs the Design Lab?

The Design Lab is run by senior staff at Precollege Programs at Brandeis University:

  • Rabbi Charlie Schwartz, Senior Jewish Educator, Director BIMA and Genesis 

  • Marci Borenstein, Director of Brandeis Precollege Programs