Dermatology Fellowship & Junior Faculty Awards

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) is pleased to announce a call for applications to our Dermatology Fellowship Award and Dermatology Junior Faculty/Instructor Award program. The aim of this training program is to drive greater interest and focus on melanoma in dermatologic clinical practice and research related to the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and staging of melanoma.

  • MRA Dermatology Fellows Award – Supports dermatology residents, fellows, or post-docs in a dermatology program with research, and/or demonstration and pilot programs focused on melanoma prevention or improving early detection, diagnosis, or prognosis. We intend to fund at least five (5) awards.
    • Award Term: 1 Year (no option for renewal);
    • Award Amount: Up to $35,000 total direct costs; and
    • Eligibility: Applicants must have a doctoral degree (MD or PhD) by the date of award activation.
  • MRA Dermatology Junior Faculty/Clinical Instructor Award (NEW) – Supports new dermatology faculty (clinical instructors or new assistant professors) working in research on melanoma prevention or improving early detection, diagnosis, or prognosis. We intend to fund up to four (4) awards.
    • Award Term: 2 Years (no option for renewal);
    • Award Amount: Up to $50,000 per year; or $100,000 total direct costs over 2 years; and
    • Eligibility: Applicants must be within the first five (5) years of their first academic faculty appointment in a department/division of Dermatology at the time of the application deadline. 
    • Note: If you are a faculty member working in a wet lab bench setting focused on basic biology, developing new treatments, or metastasis, you should apply for the MRA Young Investigator Award which supports faculty within the first five years of their first faculty appointment up to $255,000 over 3 years. Lab-based studies on inherited risk, prevention, melanomagenesis, or chemoprevention are allowable to this Dermatology RFP.

MRA 2022 Dermatology Fellows Award Request for Proposal

MRA Award Terms and Conditions 

Special Opportunity: Through the generous support of L’Oréal USA, on behalf of its Active Cosmetics Division, MRA is offering one named L’Oréal-MRA Dermatology Fellow Award to engage more clinical dermatologists into melanoma research.

All proposals are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 20, 2022. Proposals should be submitted via the proposalCENTRAL online application tool:

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.

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