Become a Schweitzer Fellow
The New Orleans Schweitzer Fellows Program is an interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. The mission of the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program® is to prepare the next generation of professionals to serve and empower vulnerable people to live healthier lives and create healthier communities. To accomplish this, Schweitzer Fellows:
- Use their skills and knowledge to develop entrepreneurial solutions to real-life problems;
- Engage with communities using cultural humility;
- Increase their understanding of the impact of social and environmental determinants of health;
- Build capacity for and commitment to improving the health status of individuals and communities and contribute to social change;
- Work collaboratively and across disciplines in pursuit of a common goal;
- Develop resiliency by learning how to care for yourself while serving others.
If you want to exercise leadership skills while working with community-based organizations and academic institutions to create sustainable change, then this program is for you!
Upon successful completion of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows become part of an alumni network of Fellows for Life – an interdisciplinary corps of professionals who are dedicated to and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.
To be eligible for the New Orleans Schweitzer Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate or professional degree-granting program from an accredited academic institution in the Greater New Orleans area. (Applicants who reside in New Orleans and are enrolled in a graduate program elsewhere may contact the Program Director to determine if they are eligible for a waiver to this requirement.)
- Applicants must be enrolled in a qualified academic program of study throughout the Fellowship year which is April to April. (Applicants scheduled for a winter graduation should contact the Program Director to determine if they are eligible for a waiver to this requirement. Typically, the Applicant must demonstrate that they will continue to reside in the Greater New Orleans area for the remainder of the Fellowship year in order to complete their project and participate in other Fellowship activities.)
- While the applicant’s field of study does not have to be traditionally health-related, his/her proposed service project must focus on health and/or the social determinants of health. Past Fellows have addressed health from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines including, but not limited to, dentistry, education, engineering, law, medicine, music, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, and social work.