By Arielle King, Publisher
Attention all 1L and 2L students: This is a call to submit your applications to become an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for the 2021-2022 school year. The application deadline is February 8, 2021.
The Schweitzer fellowship program was founded in 1940 and has been a way to encourage graduate students to create meaningful, sustainable, community-based projects that fill a specific need. Ultimately, the goal of the fellowship is to create projects that help lessen the disproportionate impacts of social determinants of health. A Schweitzer Fellow is a student who (individually or with a partner) is selected to complete a yearlong community project and receive a $2000 stipend. Fellows partner and collaborate with a community organization to design and implement a project that address social determinants of health and a local community health need. This fellowship gives students an opportunity to create a project with a lasting impact while they’re still in school.
Each year the New Hampshire/Vermont Chapter of the Schweitzer Fellowship selects students from Geisel Medical School at Dartmouth, UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, and Vermont Law School. While most fellows are generally medical students since the program is so health-focused, VLS was the first law school in the country to be included in the fellowship program. Since then, Vermont Law School students have gone on to create incredible, long-lasting programs all over the Upper Valley. Fellows have created community gardens, school programs, and provided services to incarcerated Vermonters. The Environmental Advocacy Clinic started out as a Schweitzer Fellowship project and now works with the National Wildlife Federation. Have Justice Will Travel, the program geared toward ending the generational cycle of abuse by providing legal services for battered, low-income women and their children, was created by a VLS alum through the Schweitzer Fellowship.
Once fellows complete their project, they become a “Fellow for Life” and a permanent member of this inspiring community and support network. There are opportunities to connect with fellows from across the nation and form meaningful connections.
Questions? Contact Nancy Gabriel, Program Director – Nancy.E.Gabriel@Dartmouth.edu