Prospective Fellows should be prepared to design a community service project (in partnership with a local community agency) that seeks to provide direct service to an underserved population while eliminating health disparities and improving their quality of life.
The project should:
- Provide a direct service that meets a community defined need and reflects national and local health priorities. Interested students should investigate and reflect on the unmet health-related needs that exist in the state and on the ways in which their own energies and talents might contribute to ameliorating one or more of these problems. Applicants are to collaborate with potential community partners prior to submitting their applications and to be as specific as possible in their proposals about their relationships with the community partners.
- Think about the impact you want your project to have on the targeted population, i.e., what kind of behavior change or change in condition do you wish to see. Think about what your definition of success might look like and how you would verify if this has been achieved.
- Be of enduring value to the community/agency served. The project proposal should include a brief discussion about sustainability of the project at the end of the Fellowship year.
Applicants are to identify one or more potential academic mentors at their schools and site mentors at the agencies where they propose to conduct their projects. For more information about the roles of academic and site mentors, please download by clicking on the links provided.
Applicants should be creative in developing their proposals. They may choose to design a totally unique project in keeping with Dr. Schweitzer’s directive that everyone should find their own Lambaréné–their own special place to serve, and way of serving. Alternatively, applicants may find inspiration in reviewing past Fellows’ projects and partnering agencies.
Applicants should keep in mind that they may utilize their unique experience and expertise to expand upon a past Schweitzer project, but should not simply duplicate or continue one that has been carried out previously. Research, fundraising, and policy-based projects are not considered eligible for a Schweitzer Fellowship.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Director as early as possible to discuss project ideas and potential sites.
If you plan to do a joint project with another graduate student, you must be certain that your application reflects the fact that this project is large enough to require the participation of two Fellows. If accepted, each Fellow splits the stipend and hours requirements listed below. In describing your project, you should indicate the particular attributes that each of you brings to the project. Note that there are separate applications for individual and partnered projects. Please complete the one that fits your situation.