The American Society of Dermatopathology

Mentorship Awards in Dermatopathology

Application submission for the 2019-2020 Mentorship Awards is now closed.

The American Society of Dermatopathology (ASDP) is pleased to offer mentorships designed to enable young dermatologists and pathologists to acquire additional skills in dermatopathology that will further their careers by studying with a dermatopathology mentor.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the Mentorship Award Program from a mentor and a mentee's perspectives:


  • Applicants must be a dermatology or pathology resident and display an interest in dermatopathology.
  • Applications should include a specific topic in regards to the research project that the mentor and mentee have agreed to work on during the mentorship time period.
  • Mentorships are designed to take place away from the applicant’s current university. Applications for mentorships within the same institution will not be considered.
  • Applicants are limited to one mentorship award per year, regardless of field.
  • Mentor must be a member of the ASDP and each mentor is limited to one mentorship per award period.
  • Awardees must attend the ASDP Annual Meeting immediately following their mentorship and present a poster presentation outlining their project (see post mentorship criteria.) Meeting registration fees for Mentorship Awardees will be complimentary.
  • Awardees are strongly encouraged to submit their work to the Journal of Cutaneous Pathology (JCP) before any other publication.
  • Supplies (e.g.: antibodies), tuition reimbursement or educational fees, salary, and travel to the ASDP Annual Meeting will not be considered and should not be included in the budget request. Only travel/airfare to/from mentoring location, lodging and meals up-to a maximum of $1,500 will be considered.
  • Mentorship Awards will be disbursed in two payments. One-half of the approved award will be issued at the start of the mentorship, the balance will be paid upon completion of the program, presentation of the poster at the first ASDP Annual Meeting following the mentorship, and submission of written and final expense reports to ASDP.

Time Period:

Two-week mentorship should occur between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

Application Process:

All completed applications must include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Budget outlining expenses to be incurred (up to a maximum of $1,500).
  • Two-page curriculum vitae.
  • One-page statement of purpose.
  • One-page project description.
  • Letter from proposed mentor indicating their willingness to provide the time necessary for this mentorship, any significant and pertinent details of the planned mentorship, and specific mention of whether the timeframe and budget are appropriate for the proposed mentorship.
  • Letter from department chair attesting to the character, leadership qualities, skills of the applicant, and confirmation that the resident is able to take time from his/her residency for the elective.

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Post Mentorship:

Mentorship Awardees must meet the following criteria for their mentorship to be considered complete and to receive the second award disbursement:

  • Attend the ASDP Annual Meeting and present a poster (meeting registration fee and up to three nights hotel stay will be complimentary).
  • Provide a one-page written report summarizing the mentorship experience and benefits.
  • Provide a final expense report and receipts detailing mentorship expenses.

Application Deadline:

Applications will be accepted between June 1 and August 31, 2018

Awards will be announced by December 1, 2018.

How to Get Started:

  • Choose a mentor.
  • Draft statement of purpose.
  • Get a letter from your department chair.
  • Complete the online application, or mail your application packet to ASDP.
Applications must be received by August 31, 2018.


Contact Karen Zader at ASDP: +1-847-686-2231.