Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

This fellowship is offered to medical students whose individual life experiences and perspectives will enhance inclusion in our community.

Diverse perspectives and experiences provide richer solutions to the complex challenges of academic medicine. 

A diverse medical student body enhances educational experiences for all students and can ultimately improve health care on a global level.

Further, the University at Buffalo is committed to being fully inclusive and supportive of all students.

Therefore, for the Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship, we seek applicants who:

  • have unique circumstances, skills or talents that will enhance the diversity of the medical school’s scholarly community
  • are deeply committed to a spirit of inclusiveness
  • cultivate a culture of fairness and respect by taking actions such as: helping people overcome health care disparities, serving underserved populations, and working toward social equity and justice

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

This award is generously supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and funds from the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement.

Award Amount

There is a $28,000 tuiton award ($7,000 per year).


Applicants for the fellowship must be accepted as first-year medical students at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Applicants who have received other scholarships from the Office of Admissions are not eligible.

Application Deadline

Applications deadline will be posted in 2023


Awardees will be notified in 2023

Application Process

There are two important parts of the application process:

1. CV / resume and personal statement

Compile the following into a single PDF document:

  • 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?

To apply, email the single PDF document to: smbs-inclusion@buffalo.edu with the subject line: Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship.

2. Letters of recommendation

To apply, you must also request that two letters of endorsement be written and sent on your behalf. 

These letters must come from former professors, supervisors or colleagues who can effectively support your application.

The letters must be submitted by their authors, not by the applicant.

Authors should submit their letters by email to: smbs-inclusion@buffalo.edu indicating the full name of the student they are supporting.


Contact Information

If you have questions about the fellowship, please email 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 / 829-3048

Email: mdubo@buffalo.edu