U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship immerses a select group of graduate students in an experiential learning and leadership development program designed to increase and sharpen their skills and abilities to more effectively address the health needs of underserved people.
While continuing their graduate studies, U.S. Schweitzer Fellows design and implement community-based prevention and intervention projects that address chronic health issues and the social determinants of health such as poverty, the environment and education. These Schweitzer projects encompass everything from the physical environment where people live, to promoting early childhood literacy and parent engagement, to encouraging healthy exercise and nutrition habits, to launching and staffing community health centers and clinics.
The Lambaréné Schweitzer Fellows Program
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship selects senior U.S. medical students who are proficient in French to serve three-month clinical rotations as junior physicians in pediatric or medicine at the iconic Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon, Africa. Lambaréné Fellows address major sub-Saharan health issues including malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and maternal/child health.
Through our network of chapters, the Schweitzer Fellowship serves tens of thousands of people nationwide through the Fellow-led community projects. (Last year, our Fellows helped more than 22,000 individuals). To date, 4,000 U.S. Schweitzer Fellows have delivered approximately 800,000 hours of service to hundreds of thousands of people in need. Additionally, more than 130 Fellows have provided care at the century old Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa.
Through this work and through the contributions of our Fellows for Life Alumni, whose professional careers serve their communities, ASF is delivering both immediate and enduring impact:
- Improving community health by providing direct service to individuals and strengthening the capacity of community-based organizations to address the health needs of vulnerable people.
- Expanding educational opportunities in partnering professional schools while raising awareness of the needs of their surrounding underserved communities.
- Developing a corps of multi-disciplinary professionals committed to creating systemic change in human and health care services and polices that will promote health equity and treat all people with dignity and compassion.