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Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Loewenstern Fellowship in International Service and Civic Research

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 learning and experiential learning students engage with people, cultures, and complex global issues. 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 program cycle for the fellowship is a full year beginning in the fall semester with selection in November and presentations the following fall semester. The majority of program activities, however, are conducted in the spring and summer semesters with a course on International Service in the spring and placement during the summer. To be eligible for the fellowship, students must be returning (no final year students may apply.)

To learn more about the present and past Loewenstern Fellows, please click here.

To hear from past participants firsthand, please click here. 

To view the 2018 Fellowship cycle information sheet, please click here. 

Funding: Funding up to $7000 is provided for placements in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe to cover round-trip travel to host country from the continental U.S., living expenses, and program fees.   Students receive a TAXABLE stipend to cover the costs of other related expenses. Please see Covered Expenses for eligible uses of the Loewenstern funds.

Contacts: All inquiries regarding the fellowship and placements should be directed to Fatima Raza, Assistant Director, by e-mail (fatima.raza@rice.edu).