Advance your Career in Pediatric Dermatology

The Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award (CDA) supports future intellectual leaders, educators, clinical scholars, and/or translational investigators in aspects of the specialty that relate to dermatologic diseases in infants and children. 


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 the Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award.

  • MD; MD, PhD; or DO degree
  • Completed training in a U.S. dermatology residency program and a U.S. fellowship program in pediatric dermatology
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to skin research that can advance the field of pediatric dermatology
  • Junior faculty member in a department/division of dermatology in the early stages of an academic career (through Assistant Professor level)
  • Under the mentorship of an experienced educator, clinician, or laboratory-based investigator
  • Mentor must have an academic appointment in dermatology or another program that is approved by the dermatology chair
  • Strong institutional commitment for individual’s career development

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

The DF will be accepting new applications for career development awards in July 2024, 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

Choice Help: Optimizing Outcomes by Supporting Encounters for Kids with Congenital Melanocytic Nevi

We need tools to support shared decision-making in pediatric dermatology as well as studies evaluating this process. Choice Help: Optimizing Outcomes by Supporting Encounters for kids with Congenital Melanocytic Nevi (CHOOSE CMN) aims to (1) elicit patient/family values informing medical decision-making for patients with congenital nevi, and (2) test the feasibility of a patient decision aid concerning neural melanosis screening and surgical interventions.


Carrie C. Coughlin, MD
Washington University School of Medicine

Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Award Recipients | Pediatric Dermatology Career Development Award

Lucinda L. Kohn, MD - Year 3
University of Colorado, Denver
Evaluating Disparities in Dermatology for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth