AoC Fellows Program (Nominations and Renewals)

Applications are now open for the spring cycle.
First deadline: February 13
Second deadline: March 20

Updates [Spring 2023]: Each term we will offer two deadline opportunities to nominate students or renew a current AoC Fellow for another term.

Upcoming due dates:

Spring 2023 -  Feb 13th and March 20th

Summer 2023 - June 5th and July 17th

Fall 2023 - Oct 2nd and November 20th

Goals of the AoC Fellows Program

  • Provide 4 months of funding for students who are engaged transformative in 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 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
  • $5,000 for the semester

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 for up to one year or 4 semesters
  • AoC Fellows may re-apply for a second year of funding

How to Apply

1. Application

There are three ways to apply:

  1. Nomination- SF BUILD Faculty or an approved partner can nominate students through this link.
  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 this link.
  3. Additionally, Fellows-match students who find an opportunity through our SF BUILD Open Projects can apply using the same 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Faculty at SFSU or UCSF conducting community-engaged research/projects in biomedical science.

Letter of support should include how the work the nominated student will be supporting is relevant to local community health, including:

  • Interest in biomedical research relevant to community health
  • Commitment to social justice through the use of science
  • Role in project(s) supporting community-engaged research

Community-engaged biomedical research is anything that involves community health through the use of biomedical disciplines. This is not limited to wet lab work. Work should directly connect and serve community health in whatever discipline the work or project is being done.

Radical community-engaged research allows community members and leaders to be equal partners in research projects. It goes beyond only including the community in advisory roles.

We define transformative work as anything that is motivated by social justice while holding a critique of social oppression. Transformative community-engaged research aims to make a positive change in the health outcomes of marginalized communities.

The prospective fellow intends to pursue an advanced degree to enhance their training in community-engaged biomedical research or intends to join the biomedical workforce with a focus on community health research projects.

AoC Fellows will have access to workshops focused on strategies to improve resilience and persistence in the biomedical sciences, which historically have excluded marginalized groups. AoC Fellows will also have access to the larger SF BUILD network and mentoring community.

Areas of study with a focus on human health

  • Behavioral Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Clinical Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics, Psychology, Public Health, Science Education, Social Sciences, etc.

An approved partner is a partner organization, program, or faculty that has submitted an open opportunity through SF BUILD Open Projects and been approved to be a mentor for AoC Fellows