Agents of Change (AoC) Merck Leaders Program

Update [May 7, 2024]:

Apps are now closed.

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
    • $7K 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
  • Committed to social justice through the use of science
  • Currently involved in supporting community-engaged biomedical research. 


  • Fellows who complete all the term requirements and expectations will be eligible to apply for renewal for 1yr or 3 terms total.  

  • Renewals will be competitive due to budget constraints and are not guaranteed.  

  • To renew, go to this page.

How to Apply

Students who are already working on a community engaged biomedical research/project with a UCSF or SFSU faculty member can also apply through the link below.