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Student Summer Research Fellowship

In continuity with our commitment to issues relevant to women and their families, the Women’s Dermatologic Society (WDS) is pleased to announce a Summer Fellowship for Under-represented Minorities (URM) in Medicine Students aimed at cultivating diverse applicants in the field of dermatology – the 2019 WDS Student Summer Research Fellowship (SRF).

The SRF provides $5,000 for direct expenses associated with the participation of a URM medical student in a research project, including but not limited to, travel, housing, and a salary stipend for the student. Award funds may not be used for indirect expenses and are payable to the applicant’s institution.

Purpose of Award

The SRF is available to 1st or 2nd year URM medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in dermatology. The fellowship will support the in-depth participation of a URM medical student on the completion of a defined full-time research plan that will occur over a 6-12 week period, preferably during the summer after his/her 1st or 2nd year of medical school. The student will be paired with a mentor who is a WDS member in good standing. Special consideration will be given to applications demonstrating high potential to result in a publication in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Is a full-time student identified as belonging to an under-represented in medicine minority group defined by the AAD as follows: Black/African-American, Hispanic, Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander.
  • Is pursuing an MD or DO degree at an accredited U.S. medical/osteopathic school.
  • Is in good standing at their academic institution.
  • Will be able to complete the research plan PRIOR to graduation.
  • Completion of applicant forms and submission of supporting materials.
  • Commitment to submitting a final report summarizing the student’s fellowship and outcome/progress of their project within 8 weeks of the end of the funding period.
  • Mentor must be a WDS member in good standing with a well-defined research project.

Application Timeline

Application Deadline: March 22, 2019
Award Recipients Announced: Week of April 15, 2019*
Rotation Time Frame: The award funding period begins June 1st and must be a minimum 6 weeks. Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the recommended maximum funding period of 12 weeks.

*Notification date is subject to change based on committee review process.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application
  • Copy of current Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation from Potential Mentor
  • Letter of Recommendation from Dermatologist

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