Forge Your Path in Dermatologic Surgery

The Dermatologic Surgery Career Development award supports clinically relevant research projects that will further the practice of dermatologic surgery and develop the teaching, research, and/or leadership abilities of dermatologic surgeons. These projects may include, but are not limited to, clinical research projects addressing severe dermatologic diseases requiring procedural interventions (including surgical, laser, and other physical interventions), patient safety, wound healing, clinical outcome measures, cosmetic dermatology, or the basic sciences. 


Know Before You Apply

All Foundation-funded research must be conducted in the U.S. under the sponsorship of a department/division of dermatology that is ACGME-approved for training in dermatology. Applicants must meet the DF’s general eligibility requirements, in addition to award-specific requirements presented on or before the time of funding. Applicants from minority populations are encouraged to apply.

The DF encourages applications concerning health issues impacting applicants from minority populations, including, but not limited to, racial minorities, sexual ¬ gender/LGBTQ minorities, and underserved/disadvantaged populations.

Am I eligible?

If you meet all of the requirements below, you may be eligible to apply for a Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery.

  • MD; MD, PhD; or DO degree
  • Completed training in a U.S. dermatology residency program
  • Completed at least one-year post-residency surgical training in the U.S. at the time of funding
  • Under the mentorship of an experienced faculty member (e.g., a dermatologic surgeon, a dermatologist, or a basic or clinical investigator with experience and expertise of relevance to the proposed project)

How do I apply for the Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery?

The DF is now accepting applications for career development awards, fellowships and research grants via our CDAFG Research Award Application Portal. The Applicant Instructions provided below include essential information potential applicants need to know to evaluate the various award opportunities and develop a successful application and research proposal. Interested individuals are strongly encouraged to read sections II and III before assembling their application.

The DF has also prepared a Quick Reference Guide to enable users to quickly acclimate to the online application system.

Application deadline: October 15, 2024

Featured Award Recipient

Identifying Molecular Determinants of Prognosis in Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Immunotherapy is a crucial treatment for advanced squamous cell cancers that cannot be cured by surgery alone. But it works only half of the time, and we do not know why it fails in 50% of patients. This study will help to fill the knowledge gap by identifying predictors of immunotherapy response and failure, coupling novel spatial gene-expression profiling technology with advanced machine learning techniques.


Kenneth K. Yu, MD, PhD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Award Recipients | Clinical Career Development Award in Dermatologic Surgery

Kristin Bibee, MD, PhD - Year 3
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Tumor and Stromal Factors Driving Squamous Cell Carcinoma Behavior in the Immunosuppressed Patient