The R. Hunter Simpson Global Service Learning Fellowship gives nursing students the opportunity to pursue meaningful service learning and immersion experiences in health care and society in cultures different from their own. While international experiences are a top priority, cross-cultural immersion experiences that address global health disparities for individuals, families, and communities in this country are also eligible.

  • The applicant identifies and proposes an independent service learning and immersion experience, including identifying a faculty sponsor in the UW School of Nursing.
  • With faculty sponsor support, the applicant may pursue either independent study or study abroad credit.
  • The Simpson Global Service Learning Fellowship provides up to $5,000 to be used to pay travel expenses, supplies, and other costs directly associated with the proposed experience.
  • The applicant must be enrolled in the¬†UW School of Nursing while undertaking the proposed experience.

The School of Nursing is grateful to the Simpson family for catalyzing innovative student service learning. This fellowship honors their son, R. Hunter Simpson. As a young teenager, Hunter volunteered many weekends and summers serving meals to the homeless and building homes during the summers in Tijuana, Mexico for the poor.

The fellowship has been in place since 2007 and has provided the opportunity for nursing students to be engaged in meaningful service learning in helping people in other parts of the world.