UCSF Dermatology Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship

The UCSF Department of Dermatology welcomes applications from medical students interested in doing an eight-week summer research fellowship with a faculty mentor in our department. The project may be a new or ongoing project in dermatology and can be in any area of dermatology (basic science, epidemiology, population research, health policy, medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatopathology, procedural dermatology, medical education, outcomes research, etc.). The research award amount is $4,500. Funding may be utilized for housing, travel/ transportation, meeting registration, meeting travel, and research resources. An additional $1,000 will be granted to non-UCSF medical students to cover the costs of travel to/from San Francisco. 

We seek applicants who are committed to serving culturally diverse and medically underserved populations, and those working on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusionWe strongly encourage students who self-identify as belonging to historically marginalized groups and those who do not have a dermatology department at their medical school to apply for this research award

Duration: 8 weeks

No. of Positions: 3-4

Award Amount: $4,500 for UCSF students, $5,500 for non-UCSF students


The application deadline for 2024 is Friday March 15, 2024 by end of day 5 pm PT. (notification week of April 8, 2024)

Applicant must be currently matriculated at a U.S. medical school

Research must be performed at the UCSF campus

The research mentor must be a UCSF Dermatology faculty member (adjunct, clinical instructor, assistant, associate, or full professor). We are unable to pair students and research mentors together for the purposes of this application. 

Funding will be awarded to students who have not received other funding for the same project; receipt of additional research funding should be immediately disclosed by the applicant.

Funding will only be awarded pending receipt of confirmation of UCSF IRB-approval for the research project (if IRB approval is required).

Funding must be used between April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025

Past Award Recipients: 

View past award recipients here.

How to Apply:

Completed applications should be provided as a single PDF document and emailed to Laura Harrison at [email protected] by the March 15, 2024 deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Research mentor letters/attestation can be sent separately.

UCSF Dermatology summer research award form