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Loewenstern Fellowship in International Civic Research and Critical Service 

Through a generous donation by Walter Loewenstern (’58,) the Loewenstern Fellowship in International Civic Research and Critical Service provides students funding, preparation, mentorship, and support to conduct civic research and critical service abroad. Past Loewenstern Fellows have been placed in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. The fellowship is administered by Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) and is grounded in the learning outcomes and values of the CCL. Through classroom and experiential learning students engage with complex global issues. In line with the goals of the fellowship, students acquire the skills, insight, and values that will enable them to become principled, civic-minded leaders in the 21st century.

The Loewenstern Fellowship is rooted in the following four goals:

  1. To develop civic and global-minded leadership opportunities for Rice University undergraduates.
  2. To encourage and support undergraduate civic research and critical service abroad.
  3. To enrich students' understanding of complex global issues.
  4. To foster campus-wide discussion of global issues.

The Loewenstern Fellowship program aims to develop student capacity for civic research, critical service, and leadership while also providing value to partners and communities where students are placed. Fellows apply asset-based and rights-based approaches to development in their work with their community partners. Fellows are also required to work through the ethical implications and considerations for their engagement in the classroom and through reflective practice in their placements.

The 2021 Loewenstern Fellowship Program Cycle will begin in the Fall of 2020. The application process will be begin Monday, October 5th, 2020 with applications due by TBD. The fellowships requires students to attend cohort meetings in the fall, participate in a course on International Service in the spring, and be in placements during the summer from 8-12 weeks. The fellowship provides funding for airfare, program fees, accommodation, and related expenses. For the 2021 program cycle, we are anticipating place-based programming, however we are also planning for remote internship options. 

Application Checklist: 

The application form is available under the Loewenstern Fellowship on the CCL webpage. In order to successfully complete the Loewenstern application, you will need to review placement opportunities and complete the Adobe Sign Web Form containing the following:

  • Biographical Questions
  • Loewenstern Personal Statement
  • Transcript
  • Resume
  • Placement Ranking
  • Language Inventory

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Fatima Raza, Assistant Director, by email at fatima.raza@rice.edu or by phone at 713-348-2205.