SkinCare for Developing Countries

The Academy offers grants to individuals and organizations to fund international volunteer and humanitarian projects under the SkinCare for Developing Countries program.

Grants vary between $2,500 and $5,000 depending on the proposal, scope of the project, and availability of funds.

Proposals must:
  • Support the Academy’s strategic framework.
  • Be related to dermatology and/global health care, and serve beneficiaries in underserved regions of the world.
  • Be sustainable, community-based, and rely on additional sources of funding. All of these must be detailed in your application, including where the additional sources of funding are coming from.
  • Demonstrate how the project would be monitored and evaluated.
  • If you are not an American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) member, your application MUST include a letter of support from an AAD member.
  • If you are a resident, your application MUST include a letter of support from your institution's faculty director to ensure sustainability after your residency.
  • Be submitted online (no emails).

Please note that these grants are not for basic research; if supplies are included, they must be durable/lasting supplies; and are not intended solely for travel. If travel is requested, explain why support of locals is not possible and detail why the travel is necessary. 

In addition, Academy members and non-members are eligible to apply for the grants. Multi-year projects can be funded for up to three years.

Submit a request by August 1, 2015 for 2016 grants.

Winners will be notified by November 2015.


2014 recipients

  • Marie Leger, MD, PhD, New York University, Ghana Dermatology Collaborative Initiative Project (Ghana)
  • Anthony Rossi, MD, Weill Bugando Teledermatology Project (Tanzania)
  • Chrysalyne D. Schmults, MD, MSCE, Developing a Dermatologic Surgery Education Curriculum in South Africa Project (South Africa)
  • Paul K. Shitabata, MD, Cameroon Teledermatology and Teledermatopathology Initiative Project (Cameroon)
  • Benjamin Stroff, MD, Development of a Global Health Dermatopathology Curriculum Project (Ethiopia)

Deadline to apply for 2016 grants:  August 1, 2015. Winners will be notified by November 2015 for a 2016 grant and pay-out.

You must complete the following sections to submit your request:

  • Principal investigator(s)/project director(s).
  • Detailed project information. Remember to include sources of additional funding, demonstrate project's sustainability, and have clear outcomes.    
  • Budget plan. Note: indirect costs and previously incurred costs are not covered.
  • One letter of recommendation from an AAD member or local university dermatology staff.
Other important forms:    
  • Proposal
  • Project status report

Submit a request here.