Founded in 1996 under the direction of Dr. Joseph O’Donnell, the New Hampshire-Vermont (NH-VT) Schweitzer Fellows Program is 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 across New Hampshire and Vermont—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 region. Click here for a list of participating NH-VT professional schools.

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


Since 1996, more than 300 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 62,000 hours of service to New Hampshire and Vermont’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:

  • Have Justice-Will Travel and innovative mobile legal assistance program for low-income rural women and children in Vermont
  • Smile-Docs, which has brought UVM medical students in Burlington, VT-area schools to teach science and health for 15 years
  • A mobile health clinic serving migrant workers on Vermont’s dairy farms
  • Bedside Brainiacs, a tutoring program designed to minimize the education gap caused by childhood hospitalization
  • A case-management diabetes program for high-risk patients who face socioeconomic barriers to regular checkups and counseling
  • Teen Court, an alternative to the criminal justice system for first-time juvenile offenders in Merrimack County, NH

Please see Fellows and Projects for a list of Fellows’ service projects, which are made possible by our generous sponsors. When the 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.


December 10, 2015
Fostering conversation and connection with elders living with dementia

October 14, 2015
Vermont Law School student helps incarcerated women learn the art of debate

August 27, 2015
Preparing Prison Inmates for the Future

June 19, 2015
Exhibit celebrates artwork by children in the art for kids program

June 4, 2015
ASF blog post: “Expanding care to people who are homeless or uninsured in Vermont

May 29, 2015
Geisel School of Medicine Event Honors Students and Master Educators

May 19, 2015
Twelve Selected for Schweitzer Fellowships

May 17, 2015
Five Vermont Law School Students Named Schweitzer Fellows

May 14, 2015
Undergrads and Geisel Students Named Schweitzer Fellows

May 13, 2015
Dartmouth Students Named NH/VT Schweitzer Fellows

May 11, 2015
Ten Geisel Students Named NH/VT Schweitzer Fellows

March 3, 2015
Staying Fit and Active as you Age

April 21, 2014
2014-2015 Fellows Announced

Jan. 28, 2014
Hot Meal and a Checkup: Geisel School Students Offer Health Clinic at Claremont Soup Kitchen

May 16, 2013
In Vermont, Helping Premature Babies and Their Families Thrive

April 18, 2013
In New Hampshire, helping African immigrants access healthcare

May 30, 2012
Eleven Dartmouth Medical Students Named New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows

May 29, 2012
2012-13 New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellows Named

May 16, 2012
Six VLS Students Named Schweitzer Fellows


“Being a part of a Fellowship that honors the lifetime of service of a great man gives me humility, gratitude and another great role model.  As we strive to find competency and purpose in a field where it seems easy to be drawn into a cynical negativity, we must retain the integrity and intention we had when we began medical school.  Albert Schweitzer was a man who succeeded in retaining and acting on these values, and it was a privilege to learn more about his life, and to be a part of a Fellowship in his honor.”  –Schweitzer Fellow Megan Malgeri, NH-VT

“I thought that a legal education would make me more of a pragmatist and less idealistic. The opposite has happened. I leave the Schweitzer Fellowship with even stronger feelings that major progress is achievable”. –Schweitzer Fellow Kirby Keaton, NH-VT


Nancy Gabriel
Program Director
NH/VT Schweitzer Fellows Program
T: 802-291-2016

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