Young Investigator Awards

The AAD Awards for Young Investigators in Dermatology recognize outstanding basic and clinical/translational research by young dermatology investigators in the United States and Canada, and the dermatology departments that support their efforts. The purpose of the award is to acknowledge research contributions by individuals at the start of promising research careers that further the improvement of diagnosis and therapeutics in the practice and science of dermatology.

Award: Two young investigators will receive a $6,000 prize to be shared equally between the investigator and the dermatology department supporting the research efforts. The award recipients will also be presented with an engraved plaque at the Academy's Annual Meeting.


  • Applicant must hold DO, MD, or MD/PhD degrees.
  • Applicant must be a participant in or have completed a US or Canadian dermatology residency program accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Professional Corporation of Physicians of Quebec.
  • For MD and DO applicants, submitted research must be initiated after medical school.
  • For MD/PhD applicants, submitted research must be initiated after PhD thesis work.
  • Submitted research must be completed; proposals or research in progress are not eligible.
  • Submitted research must be completed by age 40 and within eight years of completing a terminal degree.
  • Applicants may be granted an extension of up to two years for the completion of this research due to: 1) birth, adoption, or rearing of a child or children; or 2) personal/family medical issues.  
  • Submitted research must be submitted for publication, in press, or published.

To be considered for the 2017 application cycle, submit your application by Sept. 30, 2016. Applications submitted after September 30 will be considered for the following year’s cycle.


  • Application materials
    • The applicant must personally complete all sections of the application except the letter of recommendation.
    • The application must clearly articulate the research problem, strategy of attack, results, conclusion, and statement of significance to the general dermatology community.
    • One additional letter of recommendation may be submitted as a supplemental attachment.
    • Additional material related to the submitted research may be submitted as a supplemental attachment(s), including (if applicable) a letter from the applicant attesting to the reason(s) for a time extension for submitted research.
  • Selection process

    The awards selection panel includes representatives from the Council on Science and Research; the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology; the Association of Professors of Dermatology; the Society for Investigative Dermatology; an AAD member-at-large; and a resident in dermatology or past winner.

    Nominees will be judged on the following criteria:

    1. Originality of research concept
    2. Soundness of research design
    3. Quality/clarity of research report
    4. Perceived value of the research to dermatology

    Recent awardees have a track record of scholarship reflected by publications in clinical and research-focused journals, presentations at academic meetings, and application for research grants. Most have received independent or mentored research funding in the form of career development or other awards. Successful applicants have developed research programs which poise the investigator to become an independent leader in the field.

    If external collaborators or sources of external funding represent any perceived or actual conflict of interest with the AAD and its mission, the AAD reserves the right to exclude the applicant from consideration.

  • Questions
    Contact Allen McMillen at or (847) 240-1724.
  • Past recipients

    Tiffany Scharschmidt, MD
    Jaehyak Choi, MD, PhD

    John Harris, MD, PhD
    Ali Jabbari, MD, PhD

    Thomas Leung, MD, PhD
    Brian Kim, MD

    Shadmehr "Shawn" Demehri, MD, PhD
    Richard Wang, MD, PhD

    Raymond Cho, MD, PhD
    Niroshana Anandasabapathy, MD, PhD

    Keith Choate, MD, PhD
    Emma Guttman, MD, PhD

    Kevin Wang , MD, PhD

    Emanual Maverakis, MD

    David Wong, MD, PhD
    Lu Le, M.D., PhD
    Kurt Lu, MD

    Johann Eli Gudjonsson, MD, PhD
    Julie V. Schaffer, MD, FAAD

    Aimee S. Payne, MD
    David H. Chu, MD, PhD

    Luis A. Garza, MD, PhD
    David J. Kouba, MD
    Rochelle Mandelcorn-Monson, MD
    Jennifer T. Trent, MD