The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

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13 U.S. Program Locations National Headquarters: 330 Brookline Ave (BR) Boston MA 02215 USA


Improving Health. Developing Leaders. Creating Change. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service—professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world.


ASF selects graduate student Schweitzer Fellows to spend a year developing and implementing service projects that address health and its social determinants in vulnerable communities. In addition to carrying out their Schweitzer service projects in partnership with community-based agencies (and under the guidance of Schweitzer mentors), Fellows participate in ASF’s reflective leadership development programming -- which includes monthly meetings and trainings that contextualize Fellows' service experiences and enhance their ability to carry out interventions that improve the health status of underserved people. Since 1992, Schweitzer Fellows have contributed 500,000 hours of service to vulnerable communities. 250 Schweitzer Fellows annually: * Serve at 13 U.S. locations and the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, Africa * Provide nearly 50,000 hours of service * Serve nearly 25,000 low-to-moderate income clients * Partner with nearly 250 community-based organizations * Represent more than 100 leading universities * Develop a blueprint for lifelong service. The Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network: * Supports a pipeline of Leaders in Service more than 2,000 strong and growing * 70% spend more than 75% of their professional time in clinical or human service * 59% of their patients and clients, on average, are from underserved populations * 99% say ASF is integral to sustaining their commitment to serve the underserved.

Target demographics:

Underserved individuals and communities across the U.S. and in Gabon, Africa. Schweitzer Fellows' projects focus on the social determinants of health, and also address major chronic health issues (including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, oral health, violence, substance abuse, and mental health).

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Geographic areas served:

Baltimore, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Greater Philadelphia, Houston, Indiana, Los Angeles, New Hampshire-Vermont, New Orleans, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Gabon, Africa


U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program Baltimore Bay Area Boston Chicago Columbus-Athens Greater Philadelphia Houston-Galveston Indiana Los Angeles New Hampshire-Vermont New Orleans North Carolina Pittsburgh Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellows Program Fellows for Life Program Schweitzer Legacy Project

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Reviews for The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Rating: 5 stars  

This year, I became affiliated with the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Schweitzer Fellowship Program, thanks to the suggestion of a colleague who is a Schweitzer Fellow for Life (he did his Fellowship in Chicago while at Northwestern Univ. med school). I personally met with this year's Fellows (2011-'12) and was blown away by their dedication to purpose, professional excellence, and simple humanitarian drive. Each Fellow had organized a project to improve health outcomes in a specific locale in our community.

Most Fellows have already had life experiences that have propelled them towards sharing their talents and expertise with others. These are unusually sensitive, highly intelligent individuals, who make the time during their intensive professional training to design and implement programs -- for residents in homeless shelters, shut-ins, non-English speaking senior citizens, elementary school kids without access to basic health care, etc etc.

They become Fellows for Life and continue to manifest the humanitarian example set by Dr Albert Schweitzer.. not only at his hospital at Lambarene in Gabon, but throughout the course of his life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended this year's Celebration of Service, when the past year's Fellows present summaries of their year-long projects, including the measurable results -- and comments on how the programs could be continued, and improved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get more PR -- get volunteers who are skilled in PR to raise public awareness of Schweitzer Fellows' work in our community.

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I was a Albert Schweitzer Fellow in 2008-2009 volunteering as part of the Boston Fellows.

The key to the Schweitzer Fellowship's success is organization and a focus of reflection, enabling people to serve in more effective ways. They are a well-run non-profit from the top down and as such, provide a forum for service and learning about that service so that the delivery of programs improves iteratively. Their impact goes beyond the direct service provided—they work to educate a league of Fellows, investing in their future potential to make change.

I am thankful and was honored to have been a part of the Schweitzer Fellowship program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my role as a Schweitzer Fellow and by working as a manager of the free health clinic that I helped open.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide a forum for non-fellows to consult the organization just as Fellows do.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Continuing to improve the reflection component and meetings such that there are clear skills which are learned throughout the fellowship.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. Working alongside others from different cultures. Also, helping me to further envision my career goals and how service to the community will play a part.

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13 people found this review helpful

I believe in what ASF does. The opportunity was awesome and really unique. It allowed me the opportunity to work with community agencies in the Worcester area, while polishing up skills in public health. By providing agencies with fellows like us, these agencies are able to reach out more to the underserved.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in my network and fellowship with other health professionals

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

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14 people found this review helpful

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for graduate students in the health professions in many cities across the U.S. to get out of the class room and get into the communities that they and their patients live, work, and play in. The fellowship provides not only a monetary stipend but also countless hours of support and group meetings to meet other like-minded students in the area and get ideas for improving your project. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who is eligible to apply!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

personal growth, leadership development, youth engagement

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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15 people found this review helpful

This is a fantastic organization that helps to address disparities in the community and equips future health professionals to address those disparities. The program provides great support for students (fellows) for one year and provides for and encourages former fellows to continue working after the fellowship year ends.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a student, I benefited from the support of the fellowship as I completed my fellowship project. This is a fantastic program reaching many health professional student and communities each year.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful and passionate

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

millions more of the under served in our country's communities and around the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

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