Renowned before the age of 30 as a theologian, a philosopher, a Bach scholar and organist, Dr. Schweitzer left behind these extraordinary careers in Europe to serve as a doctor in Africa – in his words, “to make my life my argument”. After initial success in 1913-1914, treating thousands of patients, his hospital was closed after the outbreak of World War I and he and his wife Helene Bresslau, German citizens in a French colony, were transferred to France as prisoners of war.
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) was founded in the U.S. in 1940 to support Dr. Schweitzer and his hospital after World War II cut off supplies from Europe. Dr. Schweitzer later gave the Fellowship a broader mandate – to promote his philosophy of Reverence for Life, which he considered his most important legacy. Today, in the Houston-Galveston area, the organization exists to facilitate the deep impact of service work that target health disparities while investing in the development of service leadership in each Fellow for a significant life-long impact on communities. Dr. Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1952 for his humanitarian efforts, and the Fellowship honors his life.
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Mission
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is dedicated to training the next generation of professionals to serve and empower vulnerable people to build healthier communities and live healthier lives.
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) improves the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service – professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world.
Through community-based, mentored direct service and a multidisciplinary, reflective leadership development program, ASF is building community capacity and training a professional workforce that is:
Skilled in addressing the underlying causes of health inequities;
Committed to improving the health outcomes of underserved communities; and