Hone Your Expertise in Medical Dermatology

The Medical Dermatology Career Development Award (CDA) provides funding for future intellectual leaders, educators, and clinical scholars in that aspect of the specialty that addresses severe dermatologic disease. The award fosters the careers of young dermatologists who will become the future role models and mentors for physicians diagnosing and treating complex skin disease. 


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.

Medical Dermatology Career Development Award FAQs

The Medical Dermatology Career Development Award was designed for an individual who desires a patient orientation in his/her academic career, but whose interests are not a good fit within the NIH K-23/24 or K08 grant mechanism. Such a person will select a focus of interest in which they intend to become an expert. The career plans, required in the research proposal, will detail the ways in which the applicant, aided by the mentor, will acquire expertise in an area of focus. The proposed career plans may be hypothesis-driven research, or may systematically analyze natural history, response to therapies or outcomes of a complex, severe disease. The applicant’s mentor and mentorship program are important selection criteria.

Am I eligible?

If you meet all of the requirements below, you may be eligible to apply for the Medical Dermatology Career Development Award.

  • MD; MD, PhD; or DO degree
  • Completed training in a U.S. dermatology residency program
  • Under the mentorship of an experienced medical dermatologist

How do I apply for the Medical Dermatology Career Development Award?

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

Evaluating the Impact of Sleep on Psoriasis and Associated Comorbidities

Sleep impairment is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders. Research shows that psoriasis patients are more likely to report sleep disturbance compared to people without psoriasis. This proposal aims to objectively measure sleep disturbance in psoriasis patients, describe differences in sleep patterns between psoriasis patients and controls, and determine whether sleep is a modifier for the development of psoriasis-associated cardiometabolic comorbidities.


Tina Bhutani, MD, MAS

University of California, San Francisco
Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Award Recipients | Medical Dermatology Career Development Award

Jun Kang, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Defining the Role of NETting Neutrophils and B-cells in Hydroxychloroquine Resistant CCLE

Christina Kraus, MD - Year 2
University California, Irvine
Developing Metrics for Disease Burden and Identification of Biomarkers in Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus

Lauren Madigan, MD - Year 2
University of Utah
Developing Better Understanding of Adult-Onset Mastocytosis in the Skin

Helena Pasieka, MD, MS - Year 2 
Uniformed Services University
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: Improving Clinical Assessment, Pedric

Bridget Shields, MD - Year 2 
University of Wisconsin
Elucidating the LCinical and Molecular Immunometabolic Microenvironment of Granuloma Annulare

Brittany L. Dulmage, MD - Year 3
Ohio State University Medical Center
The Impact, Disparities, and Assessment Methods of Alopecia in Cancer Patients