AoC Fellows Program (Call For Nominations)

Nominations accepted until May 15, 2023.

Students: To apply for this fellowship, you must be nominated by a faculty member.

Goals of the AOC Fellows Program

  • Provide 4 months of funding for students who are engaged in biomedical research projects that impact community health.
  • Provide professional development for students in biomedical sciences who are engaged in 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, PhD, MD/PhD, 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 (i.e. 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 community-engaged research/projects in biomedical science)
  • 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

Guidelines for BUILD Faculty Letter of Support 

  • 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

How to Apply

1. SF BUILD Faculty Nominations - Rolling acceptance for Academic Year 2022-2023, Sept 9th to May 15th, 2023

Nominations accepted each term until cap is met.

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