WellStar Graduate Fellowship

Fallon Hartman, WellStar Fellow from GSU Phil & Rels on Vimeo.


The WellStar Fellows investigate connections between religion and health through an intensive internship with ethicists at WellStar Health Systems, a major hospital and healthcare organization in Atlanta. In an interview, WellStar Fellow Fallon Hartman discusses her research and her experience working with alum Jason Lesandrini.

The Department of Religious Studies founded the Fellowship through collaboration with Jason Lesandrini, WellStar’s Assistant Vice President, Ethics, Advance Care Planning and Spiritual Health and a graduate of our program.

“We are excited about this opportunity to provide students with a unique experience in ethics program development and to connect the coursework of students with the daily practice of health care providers.”- Dr. Jason Lessandrini

The Fellowship supports a master-level student preparing for work in the healthcare professions with grounding in religion, ethics, and cultural literacy. Fellows earn $12,000 annual stipend and a tuition waiver in exchange for their work as a Graduate Research Assistant at WellStar and in the Department.

The 2-year program includes graduate coursework in Religious Studies; a 2-year practicum under the supervision of WellStar’s Executive Director of Medical and Organizational Ethics; training in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Nonprofit Management and Social Enterprise program or the College of Arts and Sciences Gerontology Institute; and research assistant opportunities related to nonprofit organizations.

The goal of the fellowship and our certificate programs is to prepare M.A. students to be informed and experienced contributors to national and international nonprofit organizations.

“The WellStar MA fellowship bridges my interests across medicine and the humanities while allowing me to explore career opportunities in the nonprofit sector. Alongside experts in clinical ethics at the WellStar Health System, I dive into the moral qualities of medical practice and work to improve the quality of our health services.” -Avery Glover, WellStar Fellow