Observership Grant


Up to $2,000 grants to be awarded to dermatology residents or junior faculty to enable study with a SOCS mentor. It is required that both the mentor and the applicant must be members of SOCS.


  • To enable young physicians and scientists to acquire additional academic or research skills that will further their careers as leaders in hair research. Note that the focus of the program is on establishing a mentoring relationship, and not a specific research project. Grants are intended for travel, room and board as needed to establish the mentoring relationship. Grants are not intended for costs associated with meeting attendance or for the purchase of books. The mentorship committee will not consider any budgeted costs other than travel, room and board.
  • The grant is to sponsor a 1-4 week rotation


  • Applications Available – September 1, 2019
  • Applications Due – November 1, 2020 
  • Announced January/February 2020 before AAD Meeting
  • Observership completed between March 2020 until February 2021


Applications must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Budget outlining expenses to be incurred (up to a maximum of $2000)
  • Statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • A letter from the proposed mentor to include a statement of willingness to provide the time necessary for this mentorship, any significant and pertinent details of the planned mentorship, and a specific mention of whether the time frame and budget are appropriate for the proposed mentorship. Mentor must be a member of SOCS.
    • A letter from the residency program director, department chair or a faculty member attesting to the applicant’s character and potential to benefit from the mentorship.


  • Dermatology residents
  • Dermatology fellows
  • Young dermatologists fewer than 4 years since completing residency
  • Medical students (2nd, 3rd and 4th year)
  • A member of the Skin of Color Society


  • Completion of short surveys (pre and post observership)
  • A one page written report by the applicant summarizing the experience and what was learned is required after the mentorship has been completed, along with a photograph of the mentee and mentor together, for possible publication on the SOCS website, annual meeting report, and social media.


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