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Mentorship Award Tips

Tips for a Successfully Funded Application

Do Apply For:

 Don't Apply For:

  • Rotations with leading clinicians in diverse areas of dermatology such as pediatric dermatology, surgery, contact/atopic dermatitis, cutaneous drug reactions, pigmentary disorders and genital disorders. Generally these projects are designed to develop an area of expertise and a relationship with a mentor not available in the mentee’s own program.

  • Projects that will prepare the applicant to contribute to dermatology, medicine and/or society.

  • Unique and worthy proposals that may not otherwise receive funding.

  • Applicants with a proven track record of purposeful activities in residency (publications, presentations at meetings, other visible contributions beyond the requirements for residency activities). These leadership qualities are often reinforced in the letters of support from chairpersons.

  • Applicants may request up to $2,000.

  • Projects involving foreign travel unless a suitable mentor with the desired expertise cannot be found in the country of origin.

  • Fees paid to the mentor or his/her institution for the experience.

  • Fees for meetings or dues.

  • Projects in which the applicant joining a department faculty will learn a new skill that will benefit the department directly (such as setting up a hair clinic). The department would be expected to underwrite the costs for such a training experience.

  • Partial support for already established fellowships (dermatopathology, dermatologic surgery, procedural dermatology, or pediatric dermatology).

  • Projects with budgets that rely on the purchase of equipment (computer, cameras).

  • Bench research projects involving research supplies and equipment. Other funding avenues exist for these types of projects (foundations, local fellowships and institutional grants, etc.). Bench research projects in which travel is necessary in order to work with a specific mentor in another institution would be considered. In these cases, the budget would cover some living and travel expenses. In general, one to two month bench research projects are difficult to carry out, however, and careful planning of the project is essential.