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“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” —Albert Schweitzer


  • Before completing this application form, please be sure to carefully read each of the sections on the Become a Fellow page, including the FAQs at the bottom of the page.
  • Be sure to look over the application carefully and familiarize yourself with the information we are requesting. You may wish to draft your response using this downloadable template before submitting your application using the form below. 
  • If you have any questions about this application, please contact the Program Director.

The application deadline is now closed for the 2020 cohort.

**NOTE: For 2020-21, ASF of Alabama is piloting a 15-month version of the fellowship in which applicants do not apply with a pre-defined project idea. Rather, we mentor you through the process of assessing community needs, finding a community partner, and determining metrics for success during the fellowship program (January 2020-April 2021). The questions about project ideas, therefore, are just so that we can get to know you and your interests.

Applicant Information


Will you be enrolled in a degree-granting program through April 2021?
What year in your degree program will you be during the 2020-2021 academic year?
Fellows are expected to participate in Fellowship activities throughout the 15-months (January 2020 - April 2021). To achieve the 200+ hours of service required, it will take an average of 4-5 hours/week. How do you plan to balance your commitment to ASF service hours while maintaining successful progress in your academic program?
Please indicate any times you anticipate being out of the area and/or unable to participate in Fellowship activities for reasons other than those listed above.

Interest Areas

Label them A, B, and C. (Suggested word limit - 1 paragraph for each A, B, and C)
Bearing in mind that the majority of your ASF service hours should be spent in direct face-to-face community service, describe a potential way that each of the ideas above (A, B, and C) could be addressed through a fellowship project. [You are not committing to undertake any of these ideas, it's just a way to see how you think about community problems.] (Suggested word limit - a brief paragraph for each idea)
Why does this population or area of unmet need interest you?

Applicant Personal & Professional Information as it Relates to Fellowship Activities

What inspires you to participate in the Schweitzer Fellowship (suggested word limit - 1 paragraph)?
Tell us about a time in which you failed or faced a major obstacle but persevered. (Suggested word limit - 1 paragraph)
What would you hope to learn (knowledge or skills) during your fellowship year? (Suggested word limit - 1 paragraph)
Tell us about your personal experience with being part of a team (academic, extra-curricular, etc.). How did you contribute to the team? (Suggested word limit - 1 paragraph)
Please include anything else about your personal and professional background that you would like to share with the selection committee (Suggested word limit - maximum of 3 paragraphs).


Please provide the names and contact information for two individuals who can attest to your character, either due to personal, academic, or work experience. You do NOT need to submit letters of recommendation from them. Rather, we may contact them for a reference check.
Please upload your resume (limit 2 pages)
By applying to ASF, you understand that successful progress in the program requires Fellows to identify a community site (by April), plan a project (by June), and conduct 200+ hours towards planning and implementing the project (June 2020-April 2021). You also understand that a background check will be run on all who are selected prior to beginning service hours. The stipend is contingent on meeting certain benchmarks throughout the program year, including attending 80% or more of the monthly meetings, completing the service hours, conducting Pre/Post-Surveys, and submitting a Final Report.

Please note: The application deadline is now closed for the 2020 cohort.