Fellowship awardees Ariel Engelman, Jalisa Kelly, Brienne Ryan, Farzana Ali, and Michelle Dick.

Fellowship awardees Ariel Engelman, Jalisa Kelly, Brienne Ryan, Farzana Ali, and Michelle Dick. 

Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

This opportunity is offered to candidates accepted into the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences whose individual life experiences and perspectives will enhance inclusion in our community.

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.

Application Closed

We are not accepting applications for the Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship at the moment.

Details for the 2021 application will be posted as they are made available.

Award Amount

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




Awardees will be notified at a time to be determined.

Past Recipients

  • Andrea Alfonsi, MD '24 (2020)
  • Santa Anigo, MD '23 (2019)
  • 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)

Generously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement funds. 


Applicants for the fellowship must be accepted as first-year students of UB's medical school. Applicants who have received other scholarships from the Office of Admissions are not eligible.

Application Process

To apply, e-mail 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?

Request the following be sent on your behalf to smbs-inclusion@buffalo.edu

  • Two letters of endorsement from former professors, supervisors or colleagues who could effectively support your application. Letters are to be submitted by their authors, not by the applicant.

Contact Information

If you have questions about the fellowship, please e-mail smbs-inclusion@buffalo.edu or call (716) 829-4345.

Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Dubocovich, Margarita

Margarita Dubocovich, PhD, FASPET, FACNP

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

955 Main Street (Room 3212) Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-4719/(716) 829-

Email: mdubo@buffalo.edu

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