CLOSED: MERC Emerging Health Equity Scholar Award

The Multiethnic Health Equity Research Center (MERC) is excited to announce the first annual MERC Emerging Health Equity Scholar Award. The purpose of this award is to celebrate and inspire junior researchers in their careers in health equity. 

The award will recognize two UCSF early investigators who are conducting health services, community-engaged, clinical, or translational research focused on health equity.  Eligible individuals can submit their self-nomination materials to [email protected] by April 18, 2022. 

The awardees will be given a small cash award and invited to deliver a research presentation at this year’s MERC Research Symposium. The symposium will be held June 3rd, from 1-3pm (virtually) with Keynote Speaker Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MERC co-founder and current Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The symposium is open to the entire UCSF community and the public to attend. 


Award eligibility

  • UCSF affiliation from any school
  • Early investigator defined as any of the following: Doctoral student, Resident, Post-doctoral scholar, Fellow, Clinical Instructor, Assistant Professor
  • Research focused on health equity, including health services, community-engaged, practice-based, clinical, or translational research

Self-nomination materials

  • Research abstract of completed work (400 words max)
  • Summary of prior and current scholarship in health equity, and how health equity research fits in with their career trajectory and future research agenda (1-page max)
  • NIH Biosketch 

Award criteria

  • Significance of applicant’s research for health equity (completed work and research trajectory)
  • Quality of the abstract of completed work – writing, appropriateness of methods, significance of results, conclusions/implications of work
  • Candidate and career trajectory in health equity focused research


  • Self-nominations due April 18th by midnight PST. To submit, email [email protected] with self-nomination materials in a single pdf attachment and indicate your UCSF School and Department affiliation and early investigator status.
  • Awardees will be notified by May 9th.

Awardees will each present their completed research project in the context of their career trajectory in a 15-minute presentation at the Annual MERC Research Symposium on June 3rd, from 1-3pm (virtually). Dr. Pérez-Stable will moderate a 15-minute Q&A session after both presentations.

Email [email protected] with any questions regarding the award eligibility or selection criteria.