Brandeis University Admissions
Leonard Bernstein Fellowship
Famed American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein was one of Brandeis' first and most influential faculty members. Each year, in collaboration with our music faculty, we select a small cohort of students to participate in a fellowship established in his honor.
The arts have always been an essential part of the Brandeis experience. The Leonard Bernstein Fellowship — which celebrates the legacy of Bernstein and all of Brandeis' talented musicians — provides students with free private music lessons, professional chamber coaching from esteemed Brandeis faculty, and a range of unique performance experiences.
In order to maintain their funding and fellowship membership, fellows must:
- Remain in good academic standing.
- Achieve a 3.0 or above grade point average at least once in the first two semesters of study at Brandeis, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA each year thereafter.
- Maintain a satisfactory level of participation and performance in Leonard Bernstein Fellowship ensembles.
- Declare a minor in music.
Perks of the Program
- Up to $20,500 in funding annually, renewable for up to eight semesters.
- Free private lessons with members of the Brandeis music faculty.
- Unique performance opportunities with the other members of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship.
- Mentorship and advising from Brandeis' highly respected music faculty.
How to Apply
On the supplement page of your Brandeis application, you'll be asked whether you'd like to be considered for the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship. If you do, you'll be asked to submit an optional arts supplement through a program called Slideroom. See the table below for submission deadlines.
Applicants are encouraged to submit two to three recordings of themselves singing or playing an instrument. Submissions are evaluated by Brandeis music faculty, who select Leonard Bernstein Fellows in conjunction with the admissions office. Fellows are notified of their award at the time of admission.
Slideroom Submission Deadlines
|Early Decision I||Nov. 1|
|Early Decision II||Jan. 1|
|Regular Decision||Feb. 1|