The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Schweitzer Fellowship Program, housed in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, carries forward the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize recipient and humanitarian-physician Albert Schweitzer.
Embracing Schweitzer’s commitment to service and compassion for people in need, the DFW Schweitzer Fellowship Program develops young leaders inspired to create positive change in health and human service systems throughout the nation and world.
Using the World Health Organization’s definition of health, which encompasses complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, the DFW Schweitzer Fellowship Program allows for projects that address a range of needs. As such, the program is not limited to students in clinical or directly health-related programs.
The DFW Schweitzer Fellowship Program helps Fellows design and execute projects that meet the health needs of underserved populations, improving the lives of vulnerable people. Throughout the Fellowship experience, Fellows also develop the leadership and professional skills necessary to improve health and create change throughout their lives.
To read more about what being a Schweitzer Fellow in Dallas-Fort Worth entails and to find out how to apply, please visit our application information page. Click here to download an informational brochure about the DFW Schweitzer Fellows Program.
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Beginning with its first class of Fellows this year, the DFW Schweitzer Fellowship Program is committed to a set of clear and specific goals:
- Providing skilled and compassionate direct services that address important unmet needs of local underserved individuals and communities
- Supporting and training emerging professional leaders in ways that strengthen their commitment to and skills in public service
- Developing a corps of emerging professionals with the capacity to effect change in the social and healthcare systems that will reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities impacting people’s health and lives
Schweitzer Fellows and Projects
The ranks of Schweitzer Fellows are filled by graduate students with expertise in fields such as medicine, nursing, nutrition, psychology and other fields such as law, business, education, engineering, and many others. DFW Schweitzer Fellows will identify unmet health needs in the community, design yearlong, 200-hour service projects that will have a demonstrable impact in meeting these needs and bring their projects from idea to execution.
The inaugural class of DFW Schweitzer Fellows are undertaking a variety of projects, including health literacy initiatives, a smoking cessation program for men experiencing homelessness, and leadership programs for teens, among others.
Program Points of Distinction
To date, 2,500 Schweitzer Fellows across the nation have delivered approximately 500,000 hours of service to nearly 300,000 people in need. Additionally, more than 100 Fellows have provided care at the 100-year-old Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa.
Twelve other Albert Schweitzer Fellowship chapters are located across the United States. The ASF Program selects and supports 250 new graduate students annually in the United States.
Each Schweitzer Fellow delivers 200 hours of direct service annually. Schweitzer projects are interdisciplinary in nature; Fellows work with allied leaders in other healthcare fields to complete their projects.
The Fellows’ projects are yearlong initiatives carried out by graduate students while they are in school. Schweitzer Fellows emerge from the program with a blueprint for integrating service into their lives.
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Dallas-Fort Worth Schweitzer Fellows Program
Southern Methodist University
P.O. Box 750235
Dallas TX 75275-0235