Each year, the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program® competitively selects approximately 250 exceptional students from the nation's top health and human service schools to follow in Dr. Albert Schweitzer's footsteps.
These Schweitzer Fellows -- mostly university graduate students -- partner with community-based organizations to identify an unmet health need, design a yearlong service project with a demonstrable impact on that need, and bring that project from idea to implementation and impact -- all on top of their usual graduate school responsibilities.
After successfully completing their service year, they become members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Lifealumni network of over 2,500 Leaders in Service who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.
Since its launch in 1992, the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program has grown to include thirteen program sites (Baltimore, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Greater Philadelphia, Houston-Galveston, Indiana, Los Angeles, New Hampshire/Vermont, New Orleans, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh).
The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program has four overall goals:
- Develop leaders in service who are educated, experienced, and committed to addressing unmet health needs;
- Improve community health by providing direct service to individuals and strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations.;
- Expand educational opportunities in partnering professional schools while raising awareness of the needs of underserved communities;
- Maintain a growing and vibrant community of Schweitzer Fellowship alumni committed to lives of service.
Eligibility,application deadlines & start date , end date of program vary according to fellowship site. The Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program has locations in Baltimore, the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Greater Philadelphia, Los Angeles, NH/VT, New Orleans, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh.
See website or contact program administrator for more details.