Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

This opportunity is offered to candidates accepted into UB medical school whose individual life experiences and perspectives will enhance our community through inclusive excellence. 

Guided by strong evidence that a diversity of perspectives and experiences provide richer solutions to the complex challenges of academic medicine, motivated by UB’s commitment to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students, and dedicated to the belief that a diverse medical student body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students and ultimately improves health care in the global community, we seek applicants with:

  • Unique circumstances, skills or talents that will enhance the diversity of the medical school's scholarly community
  • A deep commitment to a spirit of inclusiveness
  • A dedication to working with others to address issues such as overcoming healthcare disparities, outreach to underserved populations, and social equity and justice

Awardee will become a member of a committee of the Council on Inclusion in Medicine and Science.

Award Amount

$5,000 annual tuition allowance for four years; $20,000 total


April 25, 2019


Awardees will be notified in mid-May.

Past Recipients

  • Kiana Saade, MD '22 (2018)
  • Jalisa Kelly, MD '21 (2017)
  • Farzana Ali, MD '20 (2016)
  • Brienne Ryan, MD '19 (2015)
  • Ariel Engelman, MD '18 (2014)
  • Michelle Dick, MD '17 (2013)


Applicants for the fellowship must be accepted as first-year students of UB's medical school.

Application Process

Email the following as a single PDF document to smbs-inclusion@buffalo.edu:

  • Your current CV or resume
  • A personal statement no longer than 2 typed, single-spaced pages that addresses:

What significant or unusual social, cultural, economic or other barriers have you overcome in pursuit of your education? Please provide details as to the insights, perspectives and/or skills you gained. How will your personal circumstances, experiences and beliefs contribute to an inclusive scholarly community? What do you hope to accomplish in your medical career in terms of community outreach and dealing with health disparities?

  • Two letters of endorsement from former professors, supervisors, or colleagues who can effectively support your application (hard copies of letters are not necessary)

Contact Information

If you have questions about the fellowship, please e-mail smbs-inclusion@buffalo.edu or call 716-829-3543.

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Dubocovich, Margarita

Margarita Dubocovich, PhD

SUNY Distinguished Professor; Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-3048 / (716) 82

Email: mdubo@buffalo.edu

Fellowship News


First-year medical student Ariel Engelman has been honored with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship for her demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.


First-year medical student Michelle Dick has been honored with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship for her demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.