Brandeis Funding and Resources

At Brandeis University, you can take advantage of a number of funding resources both during your tenure as a student and beyond. Review the opportunities available below.


Hiatt Funding Programs

Hiatt Career Closet

The Hiatt Career Closet provides undergraduate students FREE access to professional attire for interviews, career fairs, networking events and other career-oriented activities and occasions. Our goal is to help students feel prepared, professional and comfortable when making a first impression without having to leave campus or spend a lot of money.

Hours of Operation

Spring 2019 
(February 4 - May 15)
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

How It Works

The Hiatt Career Closet is located on the second floor of the Hiatt Career Center in the Usdan Student Center. Students may take (and keep) up to 4 individual apparel items OR 1 suit per academic year. Prior to visiting the closet, it is strongly suggested to review the online inventory log of what items are available.*

*The Hiatt Career Closet cannot guarantee the availability of all sizes and types of items.


The Hiatt Career Closet strives to include all shapes, sizes, and orientations. Each time a student visits the closet, they will be treated with sensitivity and respect. With the understanding that not all users identify with a specific gender, our garments are categorized into two categories: masculine style and feminine style. Within these categories are a breakdown of the item type (suit, jacket, blouse, pants, etc) and how many are in our current inventory. Students should feel free to shop in whatever category they choose. 


Accepted donations must be new or gently worn, in good condition and cleaned prior to donating. Items must be of high-quality: not ripped, stained, broken or missing pieces (buttons, zippers, straps). Review our donation guidelines and standards. 

Donations can be brought to the Hiatt Career Center during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm) or dropped off in our donation bin after hours. For additional information, contact Kristin Menconi, assistant director of marketing and communications, at (781)-736-8718 or

Sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center in partnership with the Brandeis Department of Community Service and the Division of Student Affairs.

Commuter Rail Subsidy

Brandeis will reimburse all currently enrolled full time undergraduate and graduate students for the full cost of a round trip commuter rail ticket (subject to limitations) for all eligible travel from the Brandeis MBTA rail stop to Porter Square or North Station.

Eligible travel includes:

  • Trips for internships of various sorts (which need to be approved by the Hiatt Career Center.

  • Academic purposes (enrolling in classes, or attending lectures)

  • Visiting libraries for specific research needs

  • Visiting exhibits or sites (historic or cultural) associated with a student's classes or field of study

While we are purposely defining eligible trips fairly broadly, there are many possible reasons a student would want to use the commuter rail to go downtown that are not eligible for reimbursement, including trips for exclusively social purposes (e.g. attending a party, going on a date, visiting family or friends, or getting to the airport or South Station to take a trip).

This program will cover the cost of trips outside the normal hours of the Brandeis Boston Shuttle, which runs during the following hours:

  • Thursday from 6:00 p.m. for the rest of the day.

  • Friday from 12:30 p.m. for the rest of the day.

  • Saturday all day.

  • Sunday all day.

During hours that the Boston and Cambridge shuttle is running, no reimbursement will be made for students using the commuter rail. Visit the Boston/Cambridge shuttle page for the full shuttle schedule.

The cost of any additional travel from the destination train stop will be the student’s responsibility.

This is a pilot program and will be evaluated for utilization, effectiveness, and continuation during the Spring 2020 semester. Effective dates for the period trial will be August 26, 2019 (Monday after freshman move in) through May 12, 2020 (last day of finals). The reimbursement link will be available on this page on August 26th.

Email Ines Stafford with any additional questions.

Internship Transportation Expenses Fund

This fund is used to assist students with funding for transportation expenses incurred while pursuing an internship for credit at Brandeis.

  • Reimbursement may be used towards the expense of traveling to the internship (Examples: Uber fees, train or bus fees, tolls)

  • Funds are limited and may not cover all travel expenses

  • Hiatt works to support as many students as possible

  • Funding is for one semester. If the internship is for additional semesters, a new request must be submitted


  • Students must be currently enrolled at Brandeis and pursuing an unpaid internship for credit

  • Preference is given to students in financial need

  • Requests will be reviewed upon receipt each semester (Fall and Spring) on a rolling basis

To request consideration, complete the Discretionary Fund for Internships. Funds have been allocated for the 2018/19 school year. We will resume accepting applications beginning August 15, 2019 for the fall semester.

Contact Ines Stafford with questions.

World of Work (WOW) Program

Brandeis’ WOW fellowship program is a highly competitive program that awards stipends to Brandeis undergraduates who pursue unpaid summer internships. Hiatt administers several types of WOW fellowships:

  • Universal WOW

  • Alexander P. Heckler/Governor Ann Richards Internship Fund in Politics & Public Service

  • Judith Cossin Berkman '59 Endowed Internship Fund in Social Work

  • Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund in Social Justice Fellowships

  • Rauch Family Trust Internship

  • Experiential Learning Internship Fellowships

  • Jewish Communal Service

Additional Funding Sources

Brandeis Internship & Research Grants

Brandeis offers a variety of ways to financially support internship experiences.

Please refer to the list below to find Brandeis funding sources that best match your needs and criteria. Some funding is based on type of experience including undergraduate research and study abroad, others are based on particular fields including politics and women’s and gender studies, and others are focused on geographic location including the India Initiative.

External Grants & Fellowships

Foundation Grants to Individuals

The Library has a subscription to Foundation Grants to Individuals which provides details on foundations that offer scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals. 

External Fellowships

The Office of Scholarships and Fellowships located within Academic Services can help guide you through the necessary steps in applying for academic fellowships such as Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater and others. Additional fellowships are listed in Handshake.

Jordan Liebhaber Scholarship for young adults wanting to do community service work projects, particularly those benefiting seniors.

The Hiatt Career Center can help you in tailoring your resume, and reviewing your personal statement, and coaching you through the interview process. If you are applying for an academic fellowship that requires Brandeis University nomination, you must work with the Office of Scholarships and Fellowships.

Scholar Jet

schol·ar·jet (noun)

  1. A skills-based competition where students can win money for their education, show their skills off to employers, build a portfolio and do what they love.

  2. A way for employers to hire top, diverse talent in an innovative, efficient, and fun way.

  3. Better than a scholar(ship)

The scholarship competitions are open to all undergraduate students with financial need and range from a variety of skills from coding to sales to finance to entrepreneurship. Rewards are up to $3,000 to pay for school, as well as direct connections to companies that are looking to hire for an internship, co-op, and entry-level positions.

ScholarJet is an online scholarship platform that focuses on skill-based scholarship opportunities, sponsored by internationally revered companies. They offer students scholarships that go beyond simply earning money for school; the sponsoring companies are actively looking to expand their diverse professional network and want to connect with talented students for entry-level positions.

Review current competitions from Scholar Jet. 

YMA Fashion Scholarship

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund encourages gifted and enterprising liberal arts students to pursue careers in design, merchandising, retail and business. The program offers internships, career mentoring from prominent senior executives, and $5,000 scholarships for students interested in the business of fashion as a career.


  • Eligible students must be a current sophomore, junior or senior. 

  • Overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or above.

  • Completion of a case study as part of the application. Students must work with a faculty member on the development of their case.

  • Applicants will be expected to participate in an interview with a YMA FSF School Ambassador.

  • Students must have a desire and passion to enter the Fashion Industry.

Brandeis is 1 of the 41 educational institutions nationwide selected to participate. For additional information about YMA and the scholarship fund, visit the YMA website.

To apply to the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund, contact Alice Kelikian.