Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

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Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
Industry Nonprofit
Founded 1940; 77 years ago (1940)

Helene Bresslau Schweitzer

Albert Schweitzer
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a non-profit organization in the United States, that was established in 1940 as one of the many fellowships created in developed countries to support the work of Albert Schweitzer at the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in present-day Gabon; these fellowships were coordinated by the Association Internationale de l'oeuvre du docteur Albert Schweitzer de Lambaréné (AISL), which also oversaw the hospital.[1] It subsequently expanded its focus to supporting Schweitzer Fellows, primarily graduate students, as they partner with community-based organizations to develop and implement year-long, mentored service projects that meet the health needs of underserved populations. [2]

There are 250 Schweitzer Fellows selected annually across 13 U.S. cities and the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. Each fellow is responsible for personally volunteering hundreds of hours of service. The alumni group of fellows is known as the Schweitzer Fellows for Life.

The Fellowship's central office is hosted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the official sister hospital of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital.

The Fellowship also administers the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism on behalf of Schweitzer Fellows for Life. Recent recipients include former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher (2009) and community health center founder H. Jack Geiger.


  1. ^ "About". AISL. Archived from the original on June 16, 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Retrieved 18 February 2017.