Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

San Francisco Bay Area

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Founded in 2006, the San Francisco Bay Area Fellows Program is one of fourteen Schweitzer program sites across the U. S. dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs. Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows are competitively chosen from graduate students enrolled at major universities in the area. They come from a variety of academic fields and as Schweitzer Fellows, they work tirelessly to address existing health disparities throughout the region. To read more about what it means to be a Schweitzer Fellow in the Bay Area and to find out how to apply, please visit our application page.


Since 2007, More than 130 Schweitzer Fellows have provided over 26,000 hours of service to the Bay Area's most vulnerable communities. Partnering with over 90 community-based organizations in 6 Bay Area counties, these Fellows have addressed a wide variety of unmet health needs by creating and carrying out yearlong projects with direct service at their core. Examples include the following initiatives created by past Fellows:

  • skin cancer, vision screenings and referral programs for Latino day laborers
  • a women's mental health support group at a San Francisco homeless shelter
  • a concept program that aims to raise scientific competency among low income students who have traditionally underperformed in the natural sciences
  • a Hepatitis B Free Clinic to provide free testing, vaccination, treatment and education for low income, uninsured Asians and Pacific Islanders
  • a community garden at a low-income high school
  • support services for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS
  • wellness programs for children and adults
  • health education and peer training for incarcerated women
  • medical care and social services for the homeless
  • vision and oral screenings and referrals for special populations with limited access to care
  • development of new ways to increase screening results for colon cancer
  • mindfulness for elementary school children
  • concussion awareness for school children, teaches and coaches
  • school readiness programs for children 0-5
  • medication adherence programs
  • sexual health education for low-income seniors

For a complete listing of past and present Fellows' service projects please see Fellows and Projects. At the end of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows carry their commitment to meeting the health needs of underserved people forward as members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Life alumni network, now more than 3,500 strong. The San Francisco Bay Area program is funded entirely by charitable donations and grants from our generous sponsors. Your gift will help make a difference in the lives of those most in need in our communities.


"During my first year in pharmacy school at UCSF, I was searching for opportunities where I could serve the community with the knowledge and skills I was learning every day in class. I wanted to be part of a network of individuals who worked selflessly to make this world a better place. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship gave me an amazing opportunity to make my dream possible."
Kanizeh Fatema Visram, SFBay Area Schweitzer Fellow 2011-2012

"I have made it my life mission to care for, inspire and nurture those living with HIV. The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship has given me a structure within which to frame these values. Schweitzer spoke much about reverence for life and it is this spirit that was woven through the framework afforded me by the Fellowship.
Jonathan Van Nuys, SFBay Area Schweitzer Fellow 2012-13


Dale Ogar, Program Director
Bay Area Schweitzer Fellows Program
590H University Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
T: 510-384-0267
F: (510) 642-2857

590H University Hall ~ Berkeley, Ca 94720-7360 ~ T: 510-384-0267
Contributions to the San Francisco Bay Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowship are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. San Francisco Bay Area Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is a non-profit charity organization 501(c) (3). Tax ID #38-3912273