Scholarship Opportunities

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Thank you for your interest in the scholarships and grant programs offered by the Academy.
The American Academy of Dermatology provides scholarships and grants to US and Canadian dermatology residents, and to international dermatologists.

Scholarship Opportunities for U.S./Canadian Dermatologists Click on the opportunity below to view more information.
Resident International Grant
Native American Resident Health Service Resident Rotation
World Congress of Dermatology Travel Fellowships
International Society Meeting Travel Grants
Scholarship Opportunities for International Dermatologists Click on the opportunity below to view more information.
Annual Meeting Poster Exhibit Scholarships
Annual Meeting Registration Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities for International Dermatologists

Annual Meeting Poster Exhibit Scholarships

In an effort to encourage the participation of young dermatologists from developing countries (as defined by the World Bank), the American Academy of Dermatology is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships for attendance at its Annual Meeting to include complimentary meeting registration, complimentary registration to a one or two-day post-graduate course of their choice (subject to availability of space in the course) at the Academy’s meeting; and an allowance for hotel and other expenses. The allowance will be delivered to successful applicants upon their arrival at the meeting.

The 70th AAD Annual Meeting will be held March 16-20, 2012 in San Diego, California

Submission deadline for the 2012 Annual Meeting Poster Exhibit Scholarship Program is July 15, 2011. Applicants must be dermatologists from developing countries, who are within three years of completion of their dermatology residency training at the time of the meeting. Recipients must be endorsed by their national dermatologic society. Only two applicants will be considered for each country. All applicants must submit a poster abstract.

Recipients will be expected to make and pay for their own travel and housing arrangements. Individuals are eligible for this scholarship only one time during their career.

Please click here to submit an online application.


Annual Meeting Registration Scholarships

Designed to give young dermatologists from outside the United States and Canada an opportunity to attend the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting, these scholarships are offered to individuals from all countries (at the exception of the US and Canada) and are limited to two recipients per country. The 70th AAD Annual Meeting will be held March 16-20, 2012 in San Diego, California.

The scholarship offers complimentary registration to the AAD meeting and complimentary admission to one postgraduate course at the meeting (subject to availability of space in the course). Applications must be endorsed by their national dermatologic society. National dermatologic societies must complete and submit a nomination form for each applicant. Only two applicants per country will be considered. Successful candidates must have adequate funds for travel and housing, and should be able to understand spoken English. The deadline to submit an application for the 2012 Annual Meeting Registration Scholarships is September 1, 2011. Individuals are eligible for the scholarship only one time during their career.

Scholarship Opportunities for U.S./Canadian Dermatologists

Resident International Grant

Carrie L. Kovarik, MD, FAAD, Education and Volunteers Abroad committee member, provides details about what grant recipients experience in Africa.

“In residency, as in life in general, there are patients, experiences, and physicians who shape our personal and professional development in ways that leave us changed forever. From these memorable experiences and individuals, a few lessons resonate: advocate for the needs of patients, maintain humility while always providing the best possible care, practice with a strong sense of humanity, and be thankful for every day of life. My experience working as a dermatologist with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership [in collaboration with the AAD] was one of these inspiring experiences, profoundly enriched my life”
Jennifer Tan-Billet, MD, Harvard Medical School, 2010 Grant Recipient

In keeping with its dedication to international educational opportunities, the American Academy of Dermatology provides funding for twelve U.S. or Canadian senior dermatology residents to participate in a four-week to six-week elective in Gaborone, Botswana - where participants rotate between the Princess Marina Hospital, in conjunction with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership, and the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI). Residents take part in dermatologic HIV care for both children and adults, and visit outreach sites in Francistown and Southern Botswana.

The grant allows residents an opportunity to learn about the care of tropical and HIV-related dermatologic conditions, as well as how to practice routine dermatology with finite resources. Residents are expected to prepare lectures and presentations, develop a database of photos, submit teledermatology consults, as well as present a report of activities to the Academy and their home programs.

Incoming second- and third-year residents (for the academic year of 2011-2012) are encouraged to apply. Six awards are available to complete a rotation between January 2012- June 2012. The deadline to submit an application is April 29, 2011.

Six additional awards are available to complete a rotation between July 2012 – June 2013. Additional information on submission deadline forthcoming.

Applicants must provide a letter of support from their program director or department chair, a short application essay, and detailed curriculum vitae. Grant recipients will be given a stipend for accommodation, board, and insurance. Airfare to Botswana will be covered by the Academy.

Deadline to submit an application for a rotation to be completed between January 2012-June 2012: April 29, 2011.

Deadline to submit an application for a rotation to be completed between July 2012 – June 2013: forthcoming

Applications are reviewed and decisions are made by the Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee. Individuals are notified in May 2011 and September 2011 on the status of their applications.


Native American Resident Health Service Rotation Program

The American Academy of Dermatology provides funding for 2 US dermatology residents in their 2nd or 3rd year of residency to participate in 1-2 week rural health elective in Chinle, Arizona at the Indian Health Service. Residents will have an opportunity to provide dermatologic care to the Navajo Nation population which currently has no access to such care, with an emphasis on challenging cases; work with primary healthcare providers and assist with diagnosis and management of dermatologic diseases. Residents are expected to keep records of consults, prepare lectures and present a report of activities to the Academy.

The projects support the mission of the Education and Volunteer Abroad Committee (EVAC), which consists of assisting in the provision of education and service to developing countries or regions in developed countries where there is insufficient dermatologic education and care.

Applicants must provide a letter of support from their Program Director or Department Chair, a short application essay, and complete Curriculum Vitae. Grant recipients will be given a stipend for airfare, accommodation, and board. Second and third year residents are encouraged to apply. Rotations will be offered in 2011 in October and December..

Submission deadline for 2011 rotations April 29, 2011.


World Congress of Dermatology Travel Fellowships

The World Congress Fund Review Task Force of the Academy is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to U.S. and Canadian residents, fellows or young dermatologists to attend the 22nd World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul, Korea, May 24-29 2011. This scholarship program is supported by funds from the 18th World Congress of Dermatology held in New York in 1992, and includes complimentary registration and a $1,500 scholarship to provide partial support for meeting attendance. The deadline for application submission is August 31, 2010.

This allowance will be delivered to successful applicants upon their arrival at the meeting. Previous scholarship recipients are not eligible.

Eligibility: Applicants must be within 5 years of completion of their dermatology residency training at the time of the meeting. The Academy must receive a letter of recommendation, preferably from the applicant’s present or former training director via fax by the application deadline to the attention of the World Congress Fund Review Task Force, 2011 World Congress of Dermatology Scholarships at 847-240-1920.

Applicants must submit:

  1. An abstract summarizing the content of a proposed poster exhibit presentation
  2. An abbreviated curriculum vitae (1-2 pages)
  3. A personal statement indicating why the applicant should be selected

Applications must be submitted online by no later than August 31, 2010 by clicking here.


International Society Meeting Travel Grants

Information About 2012 Meetings Forthcoming

Through mutual arrangements with several international dermatological societies, a number of travel grants are available for U.S. and Canadian residents, fellows or young dermatologists (within five years of completing residency) to attend these societies’ 2012 annual meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity for the successful applicants to meet foreign colleagues and possibly establish long-lasting professional relationships. Past attendees have uniformly been very appreciative of the chance to go to these meetings. All participating societies are listed below.

Each scholarship program has different requirements and provisions, see below for Societies’ annual dates and scholarship specifics.

Brazilian Society of Dermatology Two scholarships are being offered by SBD to attend its meeting. Individuals will be provided with free registration and accommodations. No stipend will be provided to those attending. Those attending the meeting must arrange and assume all travel and meal expenses. Applicants should speak and understand written Portuguese or Spanish because translation will not be available.
British Association of Dermatologists Four scholarships are being offered by BAD to attend itsAnnual Meeting1 There will be a trainee pre-conference meeting that may be of interest as well. Registration fees will be waived; hotel accommodations will be provided by the BAD. Residents and fellows will be invited to attend the president's reception and the annual dinner for no charge. Those attending the BAD must arrange and assume all travel and incidental expenses. No official provision will be made for spouses; however, if they pay for their own expenses, they are welcome to attend. Children cannot be accommodated.
Chilean Society of Dermatology Two scholarships are being offered by SOCHIDERM to attend its annual meeting (details about the location and dates are to be confirmed at the board of directors meeting). The meeting is held during the third week of November. The society will provide ground transportation to the meeting location, as well as registration fees and lodging at the meeting location. Each attendee also will receive a grant of $500 (USD). Attendees must understand and speak Spanish fairly well. Attendees should arrange their own accommodations for arrival and departure days in Santiago because this will not be covered by the society.
Dermatological Society of Singapore Two scholarships are being offered by the Dermatological Society of Singapore (DSS) to attend its Annual Scientific. Each attendee will receive a grant of $500. DSS will also be able to arrange for a one- to two-week clinical observation attachment to the various dermatological training centers in Singapore, such as the National Skin Centre, Changi General Hospital, and/or Singapore General Hospital.
European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology Three scholarships are being offered by EADV for its annual meeting. Each scholarship will include an award of $750, free registration, and housing in a reasonable hotel. Unfortunately, EADV cannot provide additional support for travel expenses; therefore, the successful candidates are expected to find their own funding sources beyond the $750 that is included in the scholarship.
French Society of Dermatology Two scholarships are being offered by the French Society of Dermatology to attend their annual meeting. Each attendee will receive a grant of €1,500 Euros. The attendees will not be charged a registration fee; however, traveling and housing must be covered by the attendee.
Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists, and Leprologists Two scholarships are being offered to AAD by IADVL to attend the Combined 42nd National conference of IADVL and XI International Congress of Dermatology to be held at New Delhi from 4-7 December, 2013. Both the recipients should send their work in Dermatology for presentation in the conference which would be considered for e-poster. Please note that successful recipients will be informed by the first week in October. The scholarship recipients would be eligible for the following: a) Complimentary registration to Combined 42nd National conference of IADVL and XI International Congress of Dermatology. B). Complementary admission to one Dermatology /Dermatosurgery course to be held during this meet. (for info, refer http://www.icddelhi2013.com/iadvl-sarad-registration).
Irish Association of Dermatologists Two scholarships are being offered by IAD to attend its Meeting. The scholarship includes free registration and two nights' accommodation. The scholarship does not include transportation; therefore, attendees will need to pay their own travel expenses to Ireland.
Israel Society of Dermatology and Venereology Two scholarships are being offered by the Israel Society of Dermatology and Venereology to attend its Annual Meeting. The scholarship includes free registration to attend the scientific and social programs, and a grant of $500 per attendee. Attendees must have a fair knowledge of Hebrew. Note: at the time of travel, there can be no U.S. State Department Travel Warning in place for Israel.
Italian Society of Dermatology (Sidemast) Two scholarships are being offered by SIDeMaST to attend its annual meeting. Each attendee will receive a grant of 500 euros. Housing and registration will be provided by the society. Attendees must be fluent in Italian.
Scottish Dermatological Society One scholarship is being offered by Scottish Dermatology Society to attend its annual meeting. The attendee will receive a grant of 750 pounds sterling, and will be expected to stay for about one week. Accommodation for the attendee preferably will be with young Scottish dermatological families to facilitate collegiality and establish potentially long-lasting friendships. Usually, the trip includes a tour of some of the other Scottish dermatology departments (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen) in the three to four days before the annual meeting. The cost of attending the meeting (registration, annual dinner, etc.) will be covered by the Society and will not be included in the 750 pounds sterling award.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the successful applicants to meet foreign colleagues and possibly establish long-lasting professional relationships. Past attendees have uniformly been very appreciative of the chance to go to these meetings.

Criteria for the scholarships:

  • Applicants may apply for only one scholarship.
  • Each program may only submit two applicants for the scholarships and only one applicant per international meeting.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one year of training by the time of the meeting.
  • Previous recipients of any of these scholarships are not eligible for another scholarship
  • Applicants will need to attach a letter of nomination from their dermatology residency training director to their application.

Click here to submit an application

Applications and nominations are due September 30, 2011. Nominations will be reviewed and decisions made by the International Affairs Committee in October. Individuals will be notified in November about the status of their applications.

Please note that in recent years, several scholarship recipients have cancelled their attendance due to scheduling conflicts. It is very important that prior to applying, all potential scheduling conflicts be resolved. There are many individuals who apply for these scholarships, and when scholarship recipients do not participate, it takes the opportunity away from other applicants. Individuals are eligible for either scholarship only one time during their career.

If you have any questions regarding these scholarship programs, please contact:

Coura Badiane
International Affairs Specialist
American Academy of Dermatology
Phone: (847) 240-1241
Fax: (847) 240-1920
E-mail: cbadiane@aad.org

If you need assistance, please contact Connie Tegeler at CTegeler@aad.org.