Read a press release announcing the selection of the 2015-16 Boston Schweitzer Fellows here.

About Us

Founded in 1992, the Boston Chapter is the oldest of the Schweitzer program sites located across the U.S. dedicated to developing a corps of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs.

Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Boston and Worcester areas.

To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Boston entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application page. Click here to download an informational one-pager about the Boston Schweitzer Fellows program, which is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants. Make a gift, make a difference!

Our Impact

Since 1992, nearly 500 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 90,000 hours of service to Boston and Worcester’s most vulnerable communities. Partnering with area community-based organizations, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of unmet health needs by creating and carrying out yearlong projects with direct service at their core. Examples include the following initiatives:

  • Establishing a long-term community-based effort to reduce morbidity and mortality related to chronic kidney disease in Boston’s Asian and Pacific Islander populations
  • Developing a homelessness prevention program for at-risk individuals with mental illness
  • Launching a free health clinic that delivers culturally competent care to Worcester’s African immigrants
  • Increasing community participation in social and service networks for LGBT elders
  • Creating a curriculum for adults with developmental disabilities who have been diagnosed with diabetes
  • Addressing the obesity epidemic by providing nutritional counseling and physical activity programs for underserved children

Please see Fellows and Projects for a complete listing of Fellows’ service projects, which are made possible by our generous sponsors. When Fellows’ initial year of service ends, they carry their commitment to meeting the health needs of underserved people forward as members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network, now more than 2,000 strong.

Boston Schweitzer Fellows in the News

December 16, 2015
Working with homeless women teaches student valuable lessons

October 29, 2015
From Boston’s Chinatown to the StateHouse: Meeting the Needs of the Community

August 2, 2015
Facebook photo album of adaptive climbing outing organized by Fellow Kristin Smith

June 30, 2015
Amanda Alon DMD Named 2015 Scweitzer Fellow

June 23, 2015
Following in a Legendary Humanitarian’s Footsteps: Two BU students named Albert Schweitzer Fellows

June 4, 2015
Three UMMS named Schweitzer Fellows” (UMass Medical School newsroom story)

June 3, 2015
Jacqueline Su-Yuo class of 2016 honored for 2014-15 Schweitzer Fellowship

June 3, 2014
Click here for a video summarizing a project by Fellow for Life Alison Brown (Boston 2013-2014) that focused on empowering and education low income women in Boston about healthy nutrition.

August 1, 2012
Two Graduate Students Named Schweitzer Fellows

June 5, 2012
Schweitzer Fellow Named Inaugural Hannaford Health Hero

May 12, 2012
Two BC Graduate Students Earn Schweitzer Fellowships

April 19, 2012
From Rural Alaska to Downtown Boston, Improving Children’s Oral Health

April 1, 2011
Boston Globe Features Tufts-Schweitzer Fellow Dan Hatfield

Our Fellows Speak

“The fellows, monthly presenters, staff and Schweitzer himself were a consistent reminder of why I want to go in to medicine.  I enter the discipline of medicine knowing that I want to act not only as a provider of individual acute care and treatment, but as an advocate for community health and social justice at the most fundamental levels.” – Schweitzer Fellow Jesse Roberts, Boston

“My experience as a Schweitzer Fellow has been absolutely priceless … finding a group of my peers who are so dedicated both to their careers and to community service was incredibly inspiring and uplifting for me.  I am so grateful to have been a part of their lives, a part of the Schweitzer Fellowship, and to be able to continue as a Fellow for Life.” –Schweitzer Fellow Emily Morrison, Boston

Contact Us

Karen Spiller Interim Program Director
Boston Schweitzer Fellows Program
330 Brookline Ave. (BR) (Mailing Address)
109 Brookline Ave. (Office Location)
Boston, MA 02215
F: (617) 667-7989

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