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Pathways: AAD-SID Gap Year Fellowship

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Medical students may take a research gap year after their second or third year of medical school. This research gap year provides an opportunity to demonstrate research skills, giving these students an edge in admission to residency programs. Yet there are many barriers — social, cultural, and economic — that underrepresented minorities (URiM) face in taking a research gap year.

The AAD-SID Gap Year Fellowship aims to increase the representation of minorities in academic dermatology by supporting a competitive yearlong research program under the supervision of a vetted mentor. By engaging underrepresented students in basic, translational, or clinical research, the fellowship program will help develop tomorrow’s leaders in medicine and biomedical research. The grants are provided by the AAD and the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID), as part of the “Pathways: Inclusivity in Dermatology” program to increase the number of practicing URiM dermatologists.

Selected medical students will work with outstanding mentors who have been chosen based on their extramurally funded, productive research programs in skin biology and/or skin diseases, and their track record of training URiM students. In addition to providing research training, the mentors are expected to guide the professional development of the trainees.

In collaboration with the Society for Investigative Dermatology.

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Award amount

Up to five awards of $30,000 each will be provided.


You are eligible for the AAD-SID Gap Year Fellowship if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident enrolled in a U.S. medical school that is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education

  • Have completed two or three years of medical school

  • Are a current medical student in good academic standing

  • Can commit to a one-year, full-time fellowship

And are a member of a group that is underrepresented in dermatology:

  • Black/African-American

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • American Indian or Alaska Native

  • Native Hawaiian or U.S. Pacific Islander


  • Individuals who have overcome severe adversities, including those with life-altering disabilities

  • Other racial and ethnic groups considered to be underrepresented in medicine and biomedical research

Application checklist

The following documents are required for your application:

  • Current CV or NIH Biosketch (no longer than 5 pages)

  • Letter of good standing from your institution

In the application form, you must address the following elements:

  • Why are you interested in applying for this fellowship?

  • If you have previous research experience, describe it.

  • What kind of research are you interested in?

  • What kind of hardships have you encountered in your professional development?

  • What is your vision for your medical career once you complete your training?

  • Describe your approach to problem solving during medical school.

Apply for the fellowship

Click Apply and then sign into or sign up for an AAD account to complete your application.


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