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Rice University Center for Civic Leadership

Loewenstern Fellowship in International Critical 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 begins with selection in the fall, enrollment in International Service, a two credit course, in the spring, placements during the summer, and post-trip meetings in the following fall semester. 

The 2020 Application Deadline has been extended to Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 by 11:59PM.

The 2020 Loewenstern Fellowship application cycle will begin Friday, September 27th, 2019 and applications will be due by Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 by 11:59 pm. To learn more about the application process, come to an information session! Information Sessions will be held Wednesday, October 2nd at 12:00 pm in HUMA 117 AND Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 12:00 pm in Miner Lounge. An Application Workshop will be held Tuesday, October 22nd at 12:00 pm in Miner Lounge.

For the 2020 Application, please click here

For the 2020 Placements, please click here

For the 2020 Info Session Presentation, please click here

To learn about the 2020 Application Cycle, please click here 

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

To hear from past participants firsthand, please click here

Funding: Funding up to $7500 is provided 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) or to Annum Sadana (as156@rice.edu) our Loewenstern Fellowship student ambassador.