Dermatology Fellows Award

2021 Derm Fellows Award Request for Proposals - Now Closed

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) to our Dermatology Fellowship Award program. The aim of this training program is to drive greater interest and improved outcomes in the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and staging of melanoma among dermatologists by investing in medical residents and post-doctoral fellows focused on dermatology.

MRA plans to award at least seven new MRA Dermatology Fellow Awards during the 2021 cycle, inclusive of three special opportunities to ensure at least one award in each of the following categories:

  • Skin of color
  • Women in melanoma research (in memory of Grace Wenzel)

All proposals were due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 2, 2021. Proposals should be submitted via the proposalCENTRAL online application tool:

MRA 2021 Dermatology Fellows Award Request for Proposal

MRA Award Terms and Conditions 

MRA encourages applications from a diverse pool of investigators with respect to race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and disability. MRA recognizes that diversity in the biomedical research workforce is critical for ensuring that the most creative minds have the opportunity to contribute to realizing our research goals and to ensuring more equitable health outcomes for all.

 Email questions about this RFP, eligibility, or other issues about MRA or its awards to Rachel Fischer at

The MRA Dermatology Fellowship program, launched in 2019, is part of a broader effort by the Melanoma Research Alliance to further engage dermatologists in research to advance melanoma prevention and early detection. This is important because as recent treatment advances have helped people with melanoma live longer, they have not blunted the ever- increasing number of new melanomas diagnosed each year. This year it’s estimated that more than 100,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma.

The Fellows, all trainees – either as dermatologists or researchers focused on dermatology – will each receive a $35,000 grant to support an independent research or demonstration project focused on advancing melanoma prevention or early detection. Fellows’ research interests are broad, including research aimed at telemedicine, machine learning, and development of a prevention intervention for young adults.

Founding support for this program was generously provided by Denise and Michael Kellen.