Leonard Bernstein Fellowship

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein rehearsing for the first Creative Arts Festival, June 4, 1952

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University

The Leonard Bernstein Fellowship (LBF), named for a founding member of the Brandeis University arts community, is a distinctive and highly selective performance program. The fellowship provides a small number of accomplished musicians the benefits of private lessons, chamber performance opportunities, large ensemble performance opportunities and up to a $20,500 renewable scholarship. For the 2023-2024 academic year, the fellowship will be awarded to violinists, pianists, and vocalists. 

If you would like us to consider your violin submission for the LBF, please indicate so on the supplement page of your Brandeis application. Applicants are encouraged to submit two-three solo violin and/or chamber recordings through a program called Slideroom. Submissions are evaluated by Brandeis music faculty, who select Leonard Bernstein Fellows in conjunction with the Admissions office. For submissions independent of the Common App, please create an account and begin your portfolio submission.

Students who are not violinists may still submit recorded samples for general review by the music faculty.


Only a very small number of accomplished violinists will be selected to take part in this highly competitive program. Leonard Bernstein Fellows receive the following benefits:


The Brandeis Music Department features a distinguished faculty of world-renowned composers and award-winning scholars, instrumentalists, vocalists, and conductors. To ensure awardees benefit fully from this rich musical environment, all Leonard Bernstein Fellows are required to declare a minor in music by completing the following Music Department courses:

Not surprisingly, many Leonard Bernstein Fellows choose to major in music as either a primary or secondary major.