Expand Your Horizons in Women's Health

The Women's Health Career Development Award (CDA) is intended to focus on women’s health issues where further research is needed. Funding is available for research in the areas of women’s health issues, which range from disorders that affect primarily women, such as lupus and scleroderma, to the effects of hormones and environmental factors on the skin and cutaneous aging. 

Doctors in a research lab.

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 Women’s Health Career Development Award.

  • M.D.; M.D., Ph.D.; Ph.D.; or D.O. degree
  • Appropriate initial training in biomedical research (i.e., two- to three-year fellowship or postdoctoral training)
  • Proposed research focuses on women’s health issue (see above)
  • Junior investigator in the early stages of academic career
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to skin research

How do I apply for the Women’s Health 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

Elucidating the Role of Regulatory T Cells in Protecting Cutaneous Epithelial Stem Cell Niches

This research will investigate the mechanisms that regulatory T cells (Tregs) use to protect epithelial stem cells (ESCs) from autoimmunity in a novel experimental model of scarring alopecia. Additionally, we will comprehensively define the immunophenotype and spatial relationship of Tregs and ESCs in healthy and diseased human skin. These lines of investigation have the potential to identify novel therapeutic strategies to treat alopecias and inflammatory dermatoses.


Jarish Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California, San Francisco

Women's Health Career Development Award

Award Recipients | Women’s Health Career Development Award

Jarish Cohen, M.D., Ph.D. 
University of California, San Francisco 
Elucidating the Role of Regulatory T Cells in Protecting Cutaneous Epithelial Stem Cell Niches 

Allison C. Billi, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 2 
University of Michigan 
VGLL3 Regulation in Female-Biased Autoimmune Diseases 

Alicia Little, M.D., Ph.D. – Year 3 
Yale University 
Role of T Follicular Helper Cells (Tfh) in Chronic Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus