Each year, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) selects approximately 250 Schweitzer Fellows to join its program. These graduate students spend one year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom their Fellowship is named.
“Schweitzer Fellows are passionate about improving the health of those living in underserved communities, and they are committed to improving their own skills to do so,” said ASF Executive Director Sylvia Stevens-Edouard. “They come from all academic disciplines—medicine, social work, occupational therapy, policy, and research—and they are pursuing work that improves lives. Over the course of their Fellowship year, they learn how to be effective leaders so they can inspire others to increase the health of those who experience barriers to care. They will carry these lessons into their professional careers, and further promote Dr. Schweitzer’s legacy to show reverence for life.”
This year’s class of Schweitzer Fellows was inducted during the 100th anniversary year of the building of The Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Gabon (known as French Equatorial Africa when the hospital was built in 1913). Today, the Albert Schweitzer Hospital continues to serve those in need of care, and it is a living monument to Dr. Schweitzer’s commitment to service, peace, and his philosophy of Reverence for Life.
Click on the links below to learn more about the 2013-2014 Schweitzer Fellows