Fellowship in Social Justice and Equity Administration and Leadership

The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences seeks medical students or biomedical sciences graduate students to work on projects that address social, educational or health care inequities.

This fellowship provides an opportunity to develop leadership skills to advance equity and justice in institutional settings and community-based organizations and advance the Jacobs School’s mission to create a supportive learning environment.

Fellows will work on the research and design, implementation or analysis of a project related to equity and justice. Projects provide experience in creating institutional change, such as policy development or process improvement, and working in interprofessional clinical or administrative teams.

Fellows will meet weekly (or a minimum of four times during a longitudinal experience) with mentors who will assist in developing a work plan and who will monitor progress.

Fellows devote 120 hours, working with a project team, to:

  • identify factors that contribute to success or failure in advancing social equity and justice in institutions
  • utilize principles of continuous quality improvement
  • demonstrate effective and efficient oral and written communication with organizational leaders

A final report is submitted to the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement that includes:

  • project goals and specific objectives
  • fellow contributions to the project
  • status of implementation
  • next steps
  • reflection on the experience 


Select a project from the list below, identified by administrative units as relating to equity and social justice, or develop one in concert with a mentor in the Jacobs School or at an affiliated institution.

Project may begin on June 15, 2021 or later.


Students in the medical education program are eligible to apply.

Also eligible are master’s students and doctoral students who are training under a faculty member with a primary appointment in the Jacobs School.

Faculty with a primary appointment in the Jacobs School appear on our faculty list.

> See our list of faculty


$3,500 per fellow and funding for fellowship-related travel.

Application Deadline

Applications have been extended to May 21st, 2021. Please submit your intention to apply no later than May 15th, 2021.

Award Selection and Announcement

Up to eight fellows will be selected each year for participation by the Diversity, Inclusion, and Learning Environment Committee.

Awards will be announced June 1, 2021.


Guidance is available from the Medical Education and Educational Research Institute or the Office of Accreditation and Quality Improvement:

Director, Medical Education & Educational Research Institute

Meka, Jennifer

Jennifer Meka, PhD

Director, Medical Education & Educational Research Institute (MEERI); Associate Dean for Medical Education; Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

955 Main Street Room 6153 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 716-829-5785; Fax: 716-829-2437

Email: meka2@buffalo.edu

Office of Accreditation and Quality Improvement


Sheehan, Daniel

Daniel Sheehan, PhD, MD

Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum, Clinical Professor

Office of Medical Curriculum Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 955 Main Street, Room 7179 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-3467; Fax: (716) 829-3849

Email: dws9@buffalo.edu

Senior Program Administrator

Tanya Biscardi.

Tanya Biscardi

Senior Program Administrator

Office of Accreditation and Quality Improvement

955 Main Street, Room 6194, Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-5641

Email: biscardi@buffalo.edu