Observership Grant

The SOCS 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 be members or pending members of SOCS.

Grants are intended for travel, room and board as needed to establish and facilitate the mentoring relationship. In light of COVID-19-related concerns, if an in-person mentorship is not possible during this period, funds will be held until in-person engagement will be feasible or an updated detailed budget and justification for the revised expenses can be submitted.


  • To enable young physicians and scientists to acquire additional academic or research skills that will further their careers as leaders in skin of color dermatology
  • The grant is to sponsor a 1-4 week rotation
  • Observership is to be completed sometime during March of the year the grant is received through the February of the next year

Application Timeline:

Application Available: August 1
Application Deadline: December 1


  • Member or pending-member of the Skin of Color Society. Not a member? Apply today!
  • Dermatology residents
  • Dermatology fellows
  • Young dermatologists fewer than 4 years since completing residency
  • Medical students (2nd, 3rd and 4th year)


Applications must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Budget outlining travel, lodging, food, and other 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.


  • 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.


This grant is made possible by the generosity of:

Urban Skin Rx, SkinMedica, and EltaMD

Urban Skin Rx may recognize this collaboration via social media platforms with consent from the awardees. 


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