Agents of Change (AoC) Fellows Program Nominations

Updates (Summer 2023)

  • Award amount update

    • $10K for Grad and Post Bac Fellows 

    • $5K for Undergraduate Fellows  

  • Open date and deadline update, see "Upcoming Due Dates" below
  • Updates for 2nd-semester deadline
  • Deadlines for Mentor Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
  • A new page dedicated to AoC App Renewal

Upcoming Due Dates

First deadline expectations:  

  • Fellows begin project/research with intention to complete by the end of the semester over a 4month period 

  • Fellow is responsible for completing all requirements for the term they have applied for before being eligible for renewal 

Second deadline expectations:  

  • Fellows have already begun project/research within term they are applying with intention to complete during the term they have applied.  

  • Total time spent on project/research will be 4months  

  • Fellow is responsible for completing all requirements for the term they have applied for before being eligible for renewal.  

Summer 2023  

  • Opens May 9th with a first deadline of June 9th and a second deadline of July 17th  

Fall 2023  

  • Opens August 17th with a first deadline of Oct 2nd and a second deadline of November 7th

Goals of the AoC Fellows Program

  • Provide 4 months of funding for students who are engaged in transformative biomedical research projects that impact community health
  • Provide professional development for students in biomedical sciences who are engaged in radical social justice work
  • Connect students to a wider network of professionals and students working to support social justice in biomedical science

How will the AoC Fellows program benefit me in my career?

  • Support your academic and career trajectory in the biomedical field (e.g. Master’s, Ph.D., MD/Ph.D., MD, MPH)
  • Supply financial support for academic and professional development activities
  • Provide networking, peer mentoring, and community building
  • Stipend award
    • $10K for Grad and Post Bac Fellows 

    • $5K for Undergraduate Fellows  

Fellow Program Requirements and Expectations 

  • Participate in one AOC workshop a semester

  • Complete 4 reflections through iLearn  

  • Culminating report back project (ie. final reflections, social media post) 


  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or master’s student at SFSU in a biomedical major or recently graduated from SFSU within 1 year.
  • Intent to pursue graduate or professional school within 1-2 years
  • Interested in biomedical research relevant to community health
  • Nominated by BUILD faculty  (defined as faculty at SFSU or UCSF conducting biomedical community-engaged research/projects in biomedical science) OR matched with approved partner program
  • Committed to social justice through the use of science
  • Currently involved or previously participated in supporting community-engaged biomedical research.


  • After acceptance, the application can be renewed up to one year or 4 semesters 

How to Apply

1. Application

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Nomination (phasing out Summer 2023) - SF BUILD Faculty can nominate students through this link or the button below.

  2. Student Application - Students who are already working on a community-engaged biomedical research/project with a UCSF or SFSU faculty member can apply through the link below. Additional Fellows-match students who find an opportunity to through our SF BUILD Open Projects can apply using the same link. Faculty letters for student applications will be accepted up to one week after deadlines listed above. Letters received after this period will be pushed to the next cycle

  3. For faculty nominations, email a Letter of Support for your student nominee and submit at this link

2. Student Nominee Acceptance due 1 week from award notification

Student nominees send acceptance of nomination and CV to Carol Umanzor at

**Nominations are accepted each term until the cap is met.