Through a generous donation by Walter Loewenstern (Rice class of 1958), the Loewenstern Fellowship provides undergraduate Rice students with funding, preparation, mentorship, and support to conduct civic research and/or critical service outside of the United States. Loewenstern fellows work across Latin and South America and Sub-Saharan Africa with partner organizations focused on a variety of social issues including education, healthcare, civil rights, and gender equality. 

Fellows receive funding to cover the cost of their summer abroad. Fellows enroll in a semester-long, two-credit International Service course in the spring before traveling to the host country in the summer. The course provides a critical lens to international development and frameworks for ethical global engagement. During the course, the fellow will also initiate conversations with their partner organization to prepare for their summer work.


  • We welcome first-year, sophomore, and junior Rice undergraduate students from all majors to apply. (Seniors - check out other fellowships opportunities here.) 
  • Fellows much be on campus for the spring 2024 semester to participate in the in-person International Service course.
  • Other preferred qualifications such as foreign language proficiency are noted in the project descriptions

Instructions to Apply:

Save the Date for Upcoming Events: 

  • Virtual Information Session: Wednesday, October 4, 8:30 pm (Click here to view recording)
  • CCL Showcase: Thursday, October 12, 5-6:30 pm in Grand Hall
  • Munch & Mingle with Past Fellows: Wednesday, October 18, 1-2 pm, Brown Garden (outside of Chaus in RMC student center)
  • Drop-in Advising Hour: Monday, October 23, 5-6 pm in CCL Conference Room (upstairs above Grand Hall) or on Zoom

The Center for Civic Leadership provides a number of advising resources to support you with the application
process. Please reach out to us:

  • Drop-in advising hours with CCL staff. 
  • CCL Student Ambassadors: Jorge Arnez Gonzales (jla11@rice.edu), Brendan Frizzell (frizz@rice.edu) and Celeste Wang (cyw1@rice.edu)
  • Program Lead: Kelsey Ullom, Associate Director (keu1@rice.edu, RMC 208, 713-348-6163)


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Email: ccl@rice.edu


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