Institutional Research Fellowship Grant

Skin of Color Society Foundation Institutional Research Fellowship Grant


The Institutional Research Fellowship (IRF) is a groundbreaking initiative that supports critical research on dermatologic diseases in skin of color and provides valuable opportunities for physicians of color, who are disproportionately underrepresented in dermatology and medicine. SOCS recognizes the dire need to address these healthcare disparities and is working to increase the number of physicians from diverse backgrounds who can provide culturally competent care to these often—underserved communities. The IRF program provides outstanding opportunities for underrepresented minority (URM) physicians to conduct research on skin of color dermatologic conditions and train for and assume leadership roles in clinical care, public policy, health services research and biomedical research.

Call for Applications is now CLOSED


The institutions listed below were awarded IRF grants during our last cycle. 

  • Duke University School of Medicine
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Icahn School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Trustees of Boston University, Medical Campus
  • UMass Medical School
  • University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
  • University of California San Francisco
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Wake Forest University Health Sciences

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Skin of color patients comprise the majority in California, New Mexico and Texas…and soon will be the majority in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, New York and Florida.

By 2042, more than 50% of the US population will have skin of color.