Travel Awards Program

Attendance at the Society for Investigative Dermatology provides early career scientists with an invaluable learning and training experience, as well as exposure to a breadth of research in cutaneous biology and disease.

Due to ongoing challenges brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Society for Investigative Dermatology Annual Meeting will be a fully virtual experience. The UM-SBDRC Travel Awards Program is temporarily suspended.


Two (2) or more UM-SBDRC travel awards of up to $1,500 each, will be awarded to non-faculty trainees working in the labs of UM-SBDRC members. Funds will be used to defray costs of registration, travel, and housing to attend the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) Annual Meeting.


Applicant must be a non-faculty trainee (post-doctoral fellow, graduate student, trainee, etc.), who currently works in the lab of a SBDRC member and has submitted an abstract to the upcoming SID Annual Meeting.


Travel award applications will be accepted online on the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research competition site. The link will be posted when the application cycle opens.

Applicants must supply:

  • a one-page letter that briefly describes the work they will be presenting at the SID Annual Meeting, including an explanation of why attendance at the meeting is important for their training.
  • abstract of the presentation
  • verification that their application to attend the SID Annual Meeting was submitted/approved (e.g., confirmation of meeting registration)


Applicants chosen to receive a UM-SBDRC Travel Award will be required to discuss key presentations from the meeting that are relevant to their work and that of their coworkers at a lab meeting to be held 1-2 week after the SID Annual Meeting.

Email any questions about applications to Carmel McKeon, UM-SBDRC Center Administrator at


Gary J. Fisher, PhD

Gary J. Fisher, PhD

Director, UM-SBDRC Travel Awards Program