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. 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 Women’s Health Career Development Award.

  • MD; MD, PhD; PhD; or DO 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 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

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, MD, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Women's Health Career Development Award

Award Recipients | Women’s Health Career Development Award

Michal Kidacki, MD, PhD
Yale University School of Medicine
TIGIT Signaling in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Erin Theisen, MD, PhD
Harvard University, Brigham and Women's Hospital 
Granzyme K in Autoimmune Skin Disease

Jeffrey Gehlhausen, MD, PhD - Year 3
Yale University School of Medicine
Characterization and Validation of Type I Interferon-driven Lupus Pathology