Awards, grants, and scholarships

The Academy bestows a number of prestigious awards to recognize the contributions of individuals to the specialty as well as offering various grants and scholarships to assist recipients in furthering their areas of study and broadening knowledge in the field of dermatology. Here you can learn more about each opportunity, as well as details about nomination and application deadlines and requirements.

Named lectureships

Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award and Lectureship: This award is presented at the AAD Annual Meeting in recognition of an individual researcher's lifetime achievements in the field of cancer research.

Eugene J. Van Scott Award for Innovative Therapy of the Skin and Phillip Frost Leadership Lecture: Presented at the Annual Meeting, this award and lectureship recognize outstanding contributions in the treatment of skin diseases and conditions.

Clarence S. Livingood, MD, Award and Lectureship: This award and lectureship, presented at the AAD Annual Meeting, focuses on broader issues of dermatology, including organizational aspects, socioeconomic issues, ethics, concepts and features specific to the specialty of dermatology, professionalism, and the art of dermatology.

Marion B. Sulzberger, MD, Memorial Award and Lectureship: Presented at the AAD Annual Meeting, this award and lectureship recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the understanding of clinical medicine via his or her basic research.

Everett C. Fox, MD, Award and Lectureship: This award and lectureship is presented at the AAD Summer Academy Meeting in recognition of a practicing dermatologist who is an acknowledged expert clinician.

Service to the specialty

Master Dermatologist Award: The Master Dermatologist Award recognizes a member who, throughout the span of his or her career, has made significant contributions to the specialty of dermatology, as well as to the leadership and/or educational programs of the Academy.

Professionalism Award: This prestigious award recognizes a medical professional or organization that has exemplified the highest standards of professionalism and medical ethics over their career or considerable period of time.

Honorary Membership Award: This award recognizes individuals who have advanced the profession through leadership and service that affirms a sustained dedication to dermatology.

Young Investigators in Dermatology Award: This award recognizes outstanding research by young dermatology investigators in the United States and Canada, and the dermatology departments that support their efforts.

Thomas G. Pearson, Ed.D. Memorial Education Award: Given in recognition of a member of the Academy who has advanced the organization's educational mission through significant contribution of time, development of educational programs, coordination of educational activities and more.


Members Making a Difference Award: The highest honor for a volunteer to receive in the Academy’s Volunteer Recognition Program is the Members Making a Difference Award.

Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award: The esteemed award is given to a practicing dermatologist who exemplifies compassionate, patient-centered care.


AAD CME Award: Dermatologists who earn a minimum of 150 CME credits during a three-year period are eligible to apply for the AAD’s CME Award. Award recipients are eligible to receive the AMA Physician Recognition Award at a discounted fee.

Rising Star in Education Award:  Presented to a medical student, dermatology resident or a doctor in a fellowship in recognition of exceptional contributions to the Academy’s continuing professional development program.  Since the Award is only to be made from nominations of truly exceptional contributions to the Academy’s educational program, it will not necessarily be awarded every year.

Grants, scholarships, and fellowships

Education and professional development

AAD Translational Biotechnology Fellowship: This one-year fellowship provides a chance for a dermatologist to work in drug development and translational medical research at Galderma's facility in Sophia Antipolis, France, providing a dermatologist with a unique opportunity to advance science and explore career options within a pharmaceutical industry setting. 

The Sulzberger Institute Grant: The AAD's Sulzberger Institute for Dermatologic Education Committee awards grants for the development of technology-based teaching applications to further clinical education in dermatology.

PICMED Grant: The Academy supports the development of innovative continuing medical education through its Program for Innovative Continuing Medical Education in Dermatology (PICMED). Supported by a contribution from the Elsevier Foundation and the Skin Disease Education Foundation, PICMED’s endowment fund is used to support excellence in dermatology through the development of CME.

Diversity Mentorship Grant: The American Academy of Dermatology provides underrepresented students in medicine with hands-on exposure to the specialty of dermatology through a one-on-one mentorship experience with a dermatologist of the student's choice.


Native American Resident Health Service Rotation Program: The Academy provides funding for four U.S. dermatology residents in their second or third year of residency to participate in a one- to two-week rural health elective in Chinle, Ariz. at the Indian Health Service.

Resident International Grant: Funding is provided for dermatology residents enrolled in accredited dermatology residency programs in the U.S. or Canada to participate in a four-week to six-week elective in a developing nation where the Education and Volunteers Abroad Committee (EVAC) is establishing dermatology support programs and teledermatology consultation services.

SkinCare For Developing Countries Grants: International volunteer and humanitarian projects related to dermatology/health care that serve beneficiaries in the developing world are eligible for funding.

Scientific Meeting

AAD Annual Meeting Registration Scholarship Program: Designed to give young international dermatologists an opportunity to attend the AAD Annual Meeting, these scholarships are offered to individuals from all countries (except for the United States and Canada) and are limited to two recipients per country.

AAD Annual Meeting Poster Exhibit Scholarship Program: A limited number of scholarships are available to young dermatologists from developing countries to attend the AAD Annual Meeting. Applicants must submit a poster abstract.

International Society Annual Meeting Travel Grant: 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 selected international societies’ annual meetings. Each scholarship program has different requirements and provisions.

World Congress of Dermatology Scholarship: Travel grants are available to eligible for U.S. and Canadian Residents, fellows or young dermatologists (within five years of completing residency) to attend the World Congress of Dermatology's meeting in Vancouver, Canada in 2015.