Exercise Your Creativity in Clinical Research 

The Physician Scientist Career Development Award (CDA) supports the academic career of a physician scientist who is devoted to clinical dermatology, and assists in the transition from fellowship to established investigator. This award is intended for the academic investigator demonstrating significant creativity in clinically relevant research.


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. Minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

The DF encourages applications concerning health issues impacting minority groups, 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 Physician Scientist Career Development Award.

  • M.D.; M.D., Ph.D.; or D.O. degree
  • Completed training in a U.S. dermatology residency program
  • Appropriate initial training in relevant research (i.e., a two- to three-year research fellowship or postdoctoral training)
  • Clinically oriented investigator in the early stages of academic career
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to skin research

How do I apply for the Physician Scientist Career Development Award?

The PDF application instructions provide 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 beginning any paperwork.

Application deadline: October 15, 2021

Featured Award Recipient

Development of Targeted Immunotherapy for, and Transcriptional Profiling of, γδ T Cell Diseases

Gamma-delta (gd) T-cells are involved in infection, inflammation, and cancer. We propose novel methods to develop T-cell–based immunotherapies to combat gd T-cell cancers, which may lead to lasting remission. We will also perform comprehensive immune profiling of gd T-cells in COVID-19, in psoriasis, and in gd T-cell lymphoma, to better understand potential consequences of gd T-cell depletion and the pathways that drive gd-mediated diseases.


Christoph T. Ellebrecht, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Award Recipients | Physician Scientist Career Development Award

Christoph T. Ellebrecht, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Development of Targeted Immunotherapy for and Transcriptional Profiling of γδ T Cell Diseases

Chen Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Identification of Disease Driving T-Cells and Antigens in Alopecia Areata

Lee E. Wheless, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2
Vanderbilt University
Using Machine Learning to Stratify Skin Cancer Risk in Organ Transplant Recipients

Matthew D. Vesely, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
Yale University
Stimulating Immune Inhibitory Receptors for the Treatment of Cutaneous Lupus

Sarah Whitley, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3
University of Pittsburgh
IL-23 Regulates Cutaneous Resident Memory T Cell Development and Maintenance